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Research Using Correlational Studies

By January 10, 2012

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Correlational studies are frequently used in psychology research to look for relationships between variables. While correlational studies can suggest that there is a relationship between two variables, finding a correlation does not prove that one variable causes a change in another variable. In other words, correlation does not equal causation. For example, a correlational study might suggest that there is a relationship between academic success and self-esteem, but it cannot prove that a change in the first variable causes a change in the second variable. You can learn more about this type of research in this overview of correlational studies.

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October 16, 2013 at 11:51 am
(1) Tom Redfearn says:

could please give a few examples of Correlational studies please (I need to know a few for my AS Psychology exam) :-)

February 11, 2014 at 4:02 am
(2) ay says:

i need more examples of a correlational study

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