Asked by ashley wiley on Mar 10, 2024

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Of the following,which research design might be considered to be the best compromise between ecological validity and experimental control?

A) the study of human behavior following a once-in-a-generation natural disaster
B) a study to determine the optimal dosage of a new memory-enhancing drug
C) a study to determine the efficacy of programs to improve workplace efficiency
D) a study to catalogue the range of behaviors of non-human primates in zoos

Ecological Validity

The extent to which research findings can be generalized to real-life settings.

Experimental Control

The practice in scientific experiments of keeping variables constant except for the variable being tested, ensuring that observed effects can be attributed to the variable of interest.

Natural Disaster

Severe and extreme weather or environmental events, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, or floods, that cause significant damage to life, property, and the environment.

  • Acquire knowledge regarding the critical role ecological validity plays in research.
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Jared Simarago

Mar 10, 2024

Final Answer :
C
Explanation :
A study to determine the efficacy of programs to improve workplace efficiency offers a good balance between ecological validity and experimental control. This is because it can be conducted in real-world settings (high ecological validity) while still allowing researchers to manipulate variables and control for extraneous factors (experimental control).