experimental group

(noun) In an experiment, the group exposed to the independent variable.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: experimental groups
  • Typical experiments require an experimental group (exposed to independent variable) and a control group (not exposed to independent variable).
  • Also called treatment group.

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Contributor: C. E. Seaman


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How to Cite the Definition of Experimental Group

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Seaman, C. E. 2015. “experimental group.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary, edited by Kenton Bell. Retrieved December 14, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/experimental-group/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

Seaman, C. E. (2015). experimental group. In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/experimental-group/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Seaman, C. E. 2015. “experimental group.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary, edited by Kenton Bell. Accessed December 14, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/experimental-group/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

Seaman, C. E. “experimental group.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 14 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/experimental-group/>.