Method of research in which people's behavior is studied in natural settings without the observer's intervention or manipulation. Compare laboratory observation. (13)
A passive descriptive study in which observers do not change or alter ongoing behavior. go to glossary index
Naturalistic observation is the planned watching and recording of behaviours as they occur within a natural environment. An example would be naturalistic observation of animals in their natural habitat.
Observational research technique in which subjects are observed in their natural environments and observers remain unobtrusive.
A form of observational research in which the observer records information about naturally occurring behaviour while attempting not to intervene or affect the behaviour in any way. This research is also described as unobtrusive.
the recording of the behavior of subjects in their natural environments, with little or no intervention by the researcher. (40)
A type of investigation in which observations are carried out in settings where the investigator does not intervene or interfere with the situation.
Naturalistic observation is a method of observation, commonly used by psychologists and social/behavioral scientists, that involves observing subjects in their natural habitats. Researchers take great care in avoiding making interferences with the behaviour they are observing by using unobtrusive methods. When using Naturalistic Observation, the researcher observes the studied behavior in its natural setting without attempting to influence or control it.