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Ethics Paper PUBH 2330 THE RICHARD STOCKTON COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY Ethics Paper
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Determining what is ethical can fall under two different tracks of thinking: theological or philosophical. Ultimately both reach the same common conclusion, which is asking the questions, “Are we doing the right thing and what should we be doing?“ From my understanding, ethics is having respect for the subject at hand and using moral principle to guide your choices. For example, ethical behavior is informing your participants about the experiment, obtaining their consent, not lying to them, and conducting the study in an ethical manner. The book classifies this as Good Means- Good End, which is going in with good intentions and coming out with positive results with no harm done to anyone involved. This is the goal of ethical research. The model I have chosen to compare with ethical research is The Little Albert Experiment, which was conducted in 1920 by behaviorist John Watson. To address the time period it is crucial to understand when the experiment took place and what academic freedom is. According to Britannica (2015), academic freedom is the freedom of teachers and students to teach, study, and pursue knowledge and research without unreasonable interference or restriction from law, institutional regulations, or public pressure. The study of Little Albert, was absolutely trying to communicate ideas and facts, but at the cost of a young boys well-being. (Watson theorized emotional responses exist in us because we have been conditioned to respond emotionally to certain stimuli in the environment. In other words, we learn our emotional reactions.) Indefinitely John Watson got
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his research out there with no interference of any regulations. However, the study strangely enough highlighted how much the interference could’ve helped the participant. (Another important point regarding the ethics of this study was the fact that Albert was allowed to leave the research setting and was never reconditioned to remove his fears. Watson and Raynor contend in
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