Pros & cons of using psychology students in psychological research?

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fifitrixiebell
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As the title suggests, can anyone think of pros and cons for using psychology students in psychological research?
My mind has completely blanked & I'm in need of some for an essay I'm doing!

Thanks a lot :-)
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As the title suggests, can anyone think of pros and cons for using psychology students in psychological research?
My mind has completely blanked & I'm in need of some for an essay I'm doing!

Thanks a lot :-)
There are definitely more cons then strengths, I would suspect that they will be more likely to work out the aim/aims of your experiments as they respond through their demand characteristics. Possibly there will be less ethical issues although I doubt yours was very unethical. They are students therefore the results are not going to be very valid for the entire population nor is it representative of other age groups/ethnic groups. I suppose you used them because they were there at the time so you used opportunity sampling which is the least representative sampling methods. These are just a few u could mention
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The massive pro which outweighs all the cons is they provide an army of conscripted volunteers.
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There are definitely more cons then strengths, I would suspect that they will be more likely to work out the aim/aims of your experiments as they respond through their demand characteristics. Possibly there will be less ethical issues although I doubt yours was very unethical. They are students therefore the results are not going to be very valid for the entire population nor is it representative of other age groups/ethnic groups. I suppose you used them because they were there at the time so you used opportunity sampling which is the least representative sampling methods. These are just a few u could mention
Thank you very much! I didnt actually conduct a study myself, I'm just critiquing an article as part of the work I've been set. It's a slow process haha, but thanks again for your help :-)
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Con:They could figure out what you are actually measuring.
Pro:easy to get hold of (opportunity sample )
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Major con: Low population validity - sample not representative or wider population - difficult to generalise - Usefulness?
Major con: Research could be subject to demand characteristics which is an extraneous variable that is not controlled for - This causes lower validity...

Pro: The researcher can take advantage of an opportunity sample, which is quick and efficient - could take about reliability
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