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If you're talking about these in terms of elements in a psychological paper, the research method includes everything to do with carrying out the study. It provides other researchers with enough information to allow them to replicate your study, should they wish to do so. A research design is an element of the research method. It describes how the study was set up in terms of dependent, independent and control variables. The levels of the independent variables are also described along with a description of how participants were recruited and assigned to groups and whether it was a between-participants or within-participants design. If you did things like participant matching you would also say so in the design section.

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