Some Methodological Considerations

Part: 
Four
Chapter: 
3

As we have done for previous sections describing different types of data collection procedures with different populations, we need to consider certain issues that pertain to experimental studies that will help clarify our evaluation of research findings. We will consider five issues in particular which are probably most often mentioned: the problem of the ability to generalize the results outside of the laboratory (what researchers call "external validity"); the problem of "the college student" as volunteer subject; the measures used to reflect "anti-social behavior"; ethical issues; and the operationalization of "pornography."