Q:

What is voluntary response sampling?

A:

Quick Answer

A voluntary response sampling is a sampling in which people volunteer to participate in a survey. This is a form of biased sampling. It is impossible to get random sample using this sampling method.

Know More

Full Answer

Voluntary response sampling is heavily biased because it focuses on volunteered survey answers rather than a random sampling. What makes this biased is because the only people who volunteer are those who have a particular interest in the topic of the survey. For example, if the survey is about feelings surrounding a particular religion, only those who feel strongly about it volunteer. This means that the resulting samples have two extreme sides with few or no middle-of-the-road responses to mellow out the results. This results in a sample that is not representative of the population. The bias often skews negative, as well.

Voluntary response sampling is useful for supporting a biased stance. For instance, if a website is anti-war and puts out a poll to its users, its users are also likely to be anti-war. The results of the poll, then, would have an anti-war view point, which the website can then cite as evidence that a population supports their views. In this way, voluntary response sampling can help research that has an agenda.

Learn more about Psychology

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What are some examples of a voluntary action?

    A:

    Examples of a voluntary action would be running, jumping, eating or walking. A voluntary action is one a person consciously controls.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is the physiological basis of behavior?

    A:

    According to the Mead Project, the physiological basis of behavior is the response to a stimuli effected by the body's muscles or glands. These effects are triggered by nervous impulses that are passed along the neurons from the receptor that first received the stimulus.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is a fixed-ratio schedule?

    A:

    A fixed-ratio schedule is a schedule of reinforcement where a response is only reinforced upon a specified number of responses. Generally, it is a rule indicating behavior instances to be reinforced. This schedule yields a high, stable responding rate with only a brief break after the enforcer’s delivery.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are biological preparedness and classical conditioning?

    A:

    According to the McGraw Hill Online Learning Center, classical conditioning is the process by which an organism learns to associate two stimuli, so one stimulus comes to produce a response that only the other stimulus did previously. Biological preparedness is the concept that animals are instinctively pre-wired to learn behaviors related to their survival.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore