In a quasi-experiment, the researchers might not be able to randomly assign participants to one level or the other; they are assigned by teachers, political regulations, acts of nature—or even by their own choice. Similarly, when researchers use a small-N design, instead of gathering a little information from a larger sample, they obtain a lot of information from just a few cases. We heard a lot about this type of technique by learning about Dr. Oliver Sacks; since he was very interested in atypical brains and behaviors, he spent a lot of time studying to a single person or just a few people.
Another example is one of the most famous small-N studies, which focused on the famous amnesic patient once only known as “HM”. After his passing in 2008, the public learned his true identity was Henry Moliason. You can learn more about him here: https://www.wendysuzuki.com/media-podcast/2016/1/13/totally-cerebral-the-man-without-a-memory. (Links to an external site.)
For this discussion board post, first think of an example of a quasi-experiment or small-N study you learned about from the podcasts you’ve been listening to.
Briefly describe the quasi-experiment or small-N study in your post and explain why it is an example of a quasi-experiment or small-N study.