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    study vs research

    In media, I often see the term "study", like a study revealed, a study found, a study showed... some findings. Can "study" be replaced with research? If not, how are these two words used generally in this sense?

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    Re: study vs research

    Quote Originally Posted by Tombraiders
    In media, I often see the term "study", like a study revealed, a study found, a study showed... some findings. Can "study" be replaced with research? If not, how are these two words used generally in this sense?

    To my best knowledge, one can replace 'study' with ' research.' They both have the same meaning.

    study(from Cambridge Dic.) when someone examines a subject in detail in order to discover new information:

    a five-year study of the relationship between wildlife and farming
    Some studies have suggested a link between certain types of artificial sweetener and cancer.

    research [Show phonetics]
    noun [U]
    a detailed study of a subject, especially in order to discover (new) information or reach a (new) understanding:
    scientific/medical research

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    Re: study vs research

    Quote Originally Posted by Tombraiders
    In media, I often see the term "study", like a study revealed, a study found, a study showed... some findings. Can "study" be replaced with research? If not, how are these two words used generally in this sense?
    Yes, in most cases, the two words can be used in the same way.

    We conducted a study to determine...
    We conducted research to determine...

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    Re: study vs research

    Sometimes the term research study is used. I do not understand why two synonyms are used. There must be a difference between them. Could anyone help me with this riddle?

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    Re: study vs research

    I don't really think that it reflects much difference; it just puts more emphasis on the thoroughness of the work.

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    Re: study vs research

    In my field as a research scientist we do not use "research" and "study" to mean the same thing. Research implies that the scientist has manipulated some variable of interest and compared results between groups. For example I may give a new medicine to one group and the old medicine to a second group. Then I would compare how quickly they healed or some other outcome of interest. In a study, the scientist has not manipulated anything. For example I might just record healing times in general or sample people's attitudes. Opinion surveys are studies, however If I show one group a product in a yellow bottle and a different group the product in a red bottle and then compare the two groups' opinions of the product I have conducted research.

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