Quantcast

observational studies

Join BeMo MCAT MasterMind Club®
This forum made possible through the generous support of SDN members, donors, and sponsors. Thank you.

akimhaneul

Full Member
2+ Year Member
Joined
Dec 2, 2015
Messages
438
Reaction score
23
Are you required to have a control group when conducting observational studies? Is having control group only for when you are conducting experiments?
 

LIC2015

Full Member
5+ Year Member
Joined
Jul 15, 2015
Messages
106
Reaction score
39
Staring at a squirrel for an hour is an observational study as long as I write down what I see, but it's not science, so it won't require a control. Controls are needed when a hypothesis is being tested. Observations without an experimental context don't need controls because they don't provide any information beyond unbiased descriptions of a behavior or event.
 
Last edited:
  • Like
Reactions: 1 user
Top