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Psych 2950, Week 4 Notes

by: Marcela Leon

Psych 2950, Week 4 Notes PSYC 2950

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These notes cover chapter 4: Ethics. It includes Treatment of participants, Research Guidelines/Requirements, and Animal Research.
Experimental Psychology
Alexander Yu
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Psychology, experimental, methods, ethics




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Date Created: 02/09/16
Chapter 4 Ethics Ethical Concerns: 1. How society and science work together 2. Research misconduct 3. Treating participants after their involvement in the study 1. How Society and Science Work Together: First of all, scientific research must be FUNDED in order to make it possible and funding is prioritized usually by need.  The Federal Government contributes millions of $  Prevalent diseases such as Cancer or AIDS are funded more often than other diseases  Demand guides research 2. Research Misconduct: Research misconduct occurs when the conduction or reporting of research is plagiarized, altered and/or is dishonest.  Each stage of the research process requires the researchers to make ethical choices o Ex: reporting ALL data including flawed data Small forms of research misconduct:  Not addressing flawed data  Not addressing research challenging your own  Trying to meet others’ demands to get funding by altering your work To avoid misconduct in research, the Institutional Review Boards (IRB) ask researchers for information on the following:  Purpose of study  Background and Rationale  Group of people targeted (population)  Design  Rewards or form of payment (incentives)  Risks and Benefits  Privacy and Confidentiality 3. Treating Participants after their Involvement in a Study: A common ethical dilemma for researchers is finding a balance between risks and benefits for the participants. As a researcher, one must always try to minimize the risks and maximize the benefits for those participating in a study. Example of benefits outweighing risks: Having a participants recount a traumatic event from their past, but offering counseling after the study. Example of risks outweighing benefits (Not ethical): Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment 1932- 1972: The US Public Health Service studies the effects of syphilis in black men and did not allow them to seek treatment.  Participants were not informed about the purpose of the experiment  Participants were given incentives to continue their participation o Such as: meals, medical care (for other diseases, not for syphilis), and transportation  Participants were coerced to continue by threatening to take away their incentives  Local doctors were told to not treat participants for syphilis This lead to the creation of the Institutional Review Board to prevent a similar experiment to happen again. The IRB sets guidelines and determines if balance is appropriate.  Nuremberg Code: o Ethics code established to avoid experiments like those conducted by Nazi doctors during WWII. Ex: Some experiments included injecting their participants with different diseases, torturing twins, and freezing participants to death. o Determines validity in research designs and requires informed consent from participants. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Research Guidelines: 1. Respect for participants and their independence o Given the choice to participate and informed consent o Consent can be passive in which not taking action means yes Ex: Asking a group of potential participants to sign and send a form stating they would not like to take part in the experiment, or else they are agreeing to participate.  Benefit to passive consent: gains more underrepresented participants (minorities) 2. Must benefit participants and cause the least harm o Benefits > Harm 3. Fairness (Justice) o Fair incentives and equal to all o Psychology research gains must be accessible and beneficial to everyone 4. Assurance (Trust) between Researcher and Participant o Participants’ information must be protected o Thorough informed consent o Action plan for when there are negative effects o Participants must be normalized after study 5. Loyalty and Scientific Honesty o True results (no research misconduct) o Valid experimental designs APA Standards for Ethical Research: 1. Study must be approved by the IRB o Participants cannot be run without approval 2. Establish thorough informed consent o Consent vs. Assent o Assent- when participant is too young to consent on his/her own 3. Deception o Active deception: lying about some aspects of the experiment and/or leading participant to believe someone else is also participating when in reality that other person is assisting the researcher o Passive deception: not disclosing some information o Participants usually understand that some deception is necessary o Concerns: could cause mistrust and/or cause negative feelings towards psychology 4. “Lifting the curtain” (Debriefing) o Discussing details after participant has completed a study- revealing deceptions and explaining the purpose of the study o Dehoaxing: revealing deceptions o Desentisizing: normalizing- eliminating negative effects the study may have caused 5. Pressure on participants (Coercion) o Incentives or rewards must be equal for all participants o Participants have the right to decline or to leave study at any time o Participants cannot be pressured to stay or participate in a study Ex: A participant decides to leave study after participating for 30 minutes - researcher will still give incentive for at least that half hour. 6. Confidentiality o Includes anonymity o Participants’ information must be limited to just the researcher and his/her team --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Using Animals for Research Purposes o Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) o The mass majority (90 %) of animals used for research are birds and rodents, 5% are primates o Animals also have rights and APA requires certain guidelines to ensure ethical treatment o Welfare: focuses on reducing number of animals used and creating better lab conditions o Animal rights: focuses on the belief that animals should have the same rights as humans


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