The Basic Experiment

  • Theory
    • An educated guess about a relationship
    • Typically in generic form, not real specific
  • Variables
    • A variable is any characteristic that can vary or differ either within or between groups
    • Typically there are at least two in all research:
      • Independent – the variable that is manipulated by the experimenter (the input variable)
      • Dependent – the unknown variable that is being measured (the outcome variable)
    • Variables must be defined precisely