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Observation: Behavioral Observation

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Behavioral Observation

It involves observation of the following aspects

  • Non-Verbal
    • Facial movements
    • Exchange of glance
    • Body movement
    • Spatial behavior
  • Extra Linguistic
    • Voice tone
    • Voice frequency
  • Linguistic
    • Talks
    • Discussions
    • Explanations
    • Descriptions

Types: Behavioral observation can be of two kinds:

  • Observation of actual behavior
  • Observation of remembered behavior

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Observation: Importance and Difficulty or Limitations of Observation

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Importance of Observation

Observation is important for following reasons

  • It allows hypothesis formation and validation
  • It makes it easier to study mutual behavior
  • It is a simple method
  • Results from observation are reliable
  • It is scientifically controlled
  • It is least affected by personal biasness
  • It provides the ability to reach to one conclusion

Difficulty or Limitations of Observation

The following are some limitations of observation

  • Can be influenced by possible interest
  • Has the possibility of biasness
  • Cannot be verified until planning
  • Obse

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