What Are Some Examples of a Lurking Variable?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 9, 2020 9:53:20 PM ET

Two examples of lurking variables are the color of a paper airplane and its ability to fly and the size of the thymus in children who developed SIDS in the early 1900s. Neither of the two factors are responsible for either effect. A lurking variable is an extraneous variable that does not play a role in determining the relationship between the independent and the dependent variable.

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