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1 Group DiscussionIdentify two time-related factors that can threaten the internal validity of a within-subjects research study. In each case, explain how the factor could be a confounding variable.Describe the process of counterbalancing and explain how this process reduces the risk of problems from order effects.
3 Within & Between designs Within SubjectsStudentsPhonicsWhole WordA1215B1314CDEBetween SubjectsStudentsPhonicsWhole WordA12B13C15D14EFGHIJ
4 repeated- measuresA within- subjects experimental design, also known as a repeated- measures experimental design, compares two or more different treatment conditions ( or compares a treatment and a control) by observing or measuring the same group of individuals in all of the treatment conditions being compared.
5 Advantages of Within- Subjects Designs 2 problems are reduced or eliminated in a within- subjects design.1. Individual differences between groups can become a confounding variable. If the individuals in one treatment condition are noticeably different from the individuals in another treatment ( for example, smarter, faster, bigger, or older), the individual differences, rather than the treatments, may explain any observed differences.2. The individual differences within each treatment condition can create high variance, which can obscure any differences between treatments.
7 Within subjectsa within- subjects design is generally more powerful than a between- subjects design; that is, a within- subjects design is more likely to detect a treatment effect than a between- subjects design.
8 Threats to internal validity for within- subjects designs 1- Confounding from environmental variables (room difference, light difference, temperature difference)
9 2- Confounding from time- related factors. History.Maturation..Instrumentation.Testing effects.Statistical Regression
10 3- participant attrition Another potential problem for the within- subjects design is participant attrition.
12 Dealing with time- related threats and order effects
13 1- Controlling Timeif the different treatment conditions are scheduled over a period of months, the chances greatly increase that an outside event ( history, maturation, or change in the measurement instrument) will have an influence on the results.However if the time between treatments is too short other factors such as fatigue or reduced motivation may change the results
14 2- Switch to a Between- Subjects Design In some situations, order effects are so strong and so obvious that a researcher probably would not even consider using a within- subjects design. For example, a within-subjects design is a poor choice for a study comparing two methods of teaching reading to first- grade children. After the children have been taught with method I, they are permanently changed.
15 3- CounterbalancingThe process of matching treatments with respect to time is called counterbalancing.
16 Easy Caseorder effects evenly distributed between the treatment conditionsit doesn’t matter which treatment comes firstthere is a constant (e.g., d=5 points) change due to order effect
17 No Order effect Order effect Counter Balanced 22.5 28.5 20 27 Pop MusicClassic MusicGenericBrand202732 (27+5)232934 (29+5)25192631 (26+5)3136 (31+5)31 (25+5)172227 (22+5)22 (17+5)1425 (20+5)19(14+5)162429 (24+5)21 (16+5)22.528.5
19 Limitation 1Counterbalancing balances the effect of ordering effect but it doesn’t eliminate it. So both means are inflated
20 Counterbalancing Pop music Classic Music Generic Brand 26-20 =6 =6
21 Limitation 2A more serious problem is when counterbalancing adds order effect to some of the individuals but not to all.
22 Limitation 3 When the order effect is not symmetrical One treatment might produce a larger order effect than the other treatmentExample? (Math & Statistics)In such situations, the order effects are not symmetrical, and counterbalancing the order of treatments does not balance the order effects.
23 Limitation 4 Number of treatments With only two treatment conditions, complete counterbalancing is easy: There are only two possible sequences. However, as the number of treatments increases, complete counterbalancing becomes more complex.
27 Limitation of Latin square The Latin square is not a particularly good example of partial counterbalancing because it does not balance every possible sequence of treatment conditions. For example, the first three groups all receive treatment A followed immediately by treatment B.
28 Random orderOne method for improving the square is to use a random process to rearrange the columns ( for example, a coin toss to decide whether or not each column is moved)
29 Statistical analyses With two treatment conditions, a repeated- measures t testFor more than 2 treatments asingle-factor ANOVA ( repeated measures)can be used to evaluate the statistical significance of the mean difference.
30 Ordinal & nominal scale If the data are measured on an ordinal scale ( or can be rank ordered), a Wilcoxon test can be used to evaluate significant differences.If the data includes only positive and negative (nominal) effects then we use a sign test.
31 Matched- Subjects Designs In a matched- subjects design, each individual in one group is matched with a participant in each of the other groups.The goal of a matched- subjects design is to duplicate all the advantages of within- and between- subjects designs without the disadvantages of either one.