Lecture 6 - Ethics - Psych 301W Lecture 6 Fall 09 - Wede

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Psych 301W – Lecture 6 Fall 09 - Wede Lecture 6 – Ethics in Research Chapter 3 Ethics in Research Reasons for ethics guidelines 1. Human beings often behave differently when they are being studied (e.g. Social  Desirability ) Researchers know this… …and are motivated to create elaborate studies to try and capture “real behavior” But what does the researcher do with the info that they got you to admit? What cost is there to “tricking” people? The case of “Little Albert” 2. Scientists sometimes engage in practices that may be questioned on ethical grounds E.g. Zimbardo’s Prison Study Milgram’s Obedience Study Having guidelines in place removes some of the ambiguity of the ethical decision. Ethical treatment matters For the welfare of the individuals (Participants) For the continued effectiveness of behavioral science as a scientific discipline Four Basic Goals of Ethical Research Protecting participants from physical and psychological harm. Providing freedom of choice about participating in the research. (Informed Consent) Maintaining awareness of the power differentials. Honestly describing the nature and use of the research.
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Lecture 6 - Ethics - Psych 301W Lecture 6 Fall 09 - Wede

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