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So what about the Dependent Variable (the DV)? The aspect of behavior measured? Again as previously mentioned it was the time taken in seconds to complete the word search puzzle. Hopefully you are beginning to see that although the experimental method uses unfamiliar terms like the H1, H0, IV and DV the things they allude to are not actually that complicated. Let’s go back to the logic of the experimental method and highlight the independent and dependent variables. If two groups of participants are equal in all respects save one (the independent variable) and are not similar in respect of a behavior that is being measured (the dependent variable) then the difference between them must be attributable to the one way in which they were different (the independent variable).

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The aspect of behavior measured? Again as previously mentioned it was the time taken in seconds to complete the word search puzzle. Hopefully you are beginning to see that although the experimental method uses unfamiliar terms like the H1, H0, IV and DV the things they allude to are not actually that complicated. Let’s go back to the logic of the experimental method and highlight the independent and dependent variables. If two groups of participants are equal in all respects save one (the independent variable) and are not similar in respect of a behavior that is being measured (the dependent variable) then the difference between them must be attributable to the one way in which they were different (the independent variable).

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