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Example Answer for Question 1 Paper 2: AS Sociology, June 2017 (AQA)

AS, A-Level

Last updated 23 May 2017

Question 1: Outline [4 marks] - Lab Experiments

The Hawthorne effect - When people know they are being studied they behave differently. Since the laboratory setting is not authentic, participants would know the situation was not true-to-life and respond by acting in a socially desirable way.

Lack of control over variables – It would be impossible to identify, let alone control all the differences between individual participants. To attempt to control these would take longer and reduce sample size.

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