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Example Answer for Question 20 Paper 2: AS Psychology, June 2017 (AQA)

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Last updated 22 May 2017

Section C - Research Methods

Question 20: Discuss [3 Marks] - Counterbalancing

Suggested Answer: The purpose of counterbalancing is to ensure both conditions (Task A and B) are tested first and second in equal amounts. The purpose of this is to avoid order effects which could include practice effects, where participants perform better on their second trial, or fatigue/boredom effects, where participants perform worse on their second trial. By ensuring that half of the participants complete Task A first followed by B and the other half complete Task B first followed by A, then any order effects are balanced.


Please Note: These answers have been produced without the knowledge of the mark scheme and merely reflect my attempt at producing a model answer on the day of the exam. These answers are not endorsed or approved by AQA.

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