Maharashtra State BoardHSC Arts 12th Board Exam
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Write short notes on the following : Observation method - Psychology

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Short Note

Write short notes on the following :

Observation method

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Solution

The observation method is a research method that is employed in conditions where experiments may not be possible or even necessary. Observation is used by child psychologists and social psychologists. It may be carried out in a natural setting, e.g., observing candidates waiting for their turn for an interview. It may also be carried out in controlled conditions.

The following factors should be kept in mind while carrying out the observation -

  1. It should be done systematically.
  2. A comprehensive list of behaviours to be observed must be prepared.
  3. The persons should not be aware of being observed.

The disadvantages of observation are:

  1. It is a time-consuming method.
  2. Objectivity is difficult to maintain during observation.
  3. It is difficult to establish cause-effect relationships.
Concept: Research Methods in Psychology
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Balbharati Psychology 12th Standard HSC Maharashtra State Board
Chapter 1 Psychology : A Scientific Discipline
Exercises | Q Q.6. (1) | Page 11
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