Of course, there are many different ways of testing the research hypotheses. Although this is an oversimplification, the following three general research methods may be distinguished:  experiments; surveys/non-experiments; and observation. This is not a complete list by any means. However, it does include most of the research methods likely to be used by beginning researchers. EXPERIMENTS It is difficult to imagine psychology without experiments. The experimental method is so common in psychological research that it is almost a defining characteristic…