Conducting Research on People: General Guidelines


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Which of the following is NOT ensured through the 1949 Nuremberg Code?

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1. As a researcher, you have provided informed consent to your participants. Your research study involves placing subjects in a straitjacket and dunking them in ice water to simulate prior mental health treatment, in order to study how normal people would respond. Why would this study likely NOT be allowed?

2. A subject indicates that he is suicidal on a form collected during a research study. Which of the following is the researcher legally bound to do?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

For this quiz you need to be familiar with topics such as the first widely used set of ethical standards and who publishes the Ethical Code for Psychological Researchers.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test your knowledge on:

  • The first ethical code used worldwide
  • A person's right to chose to participate in a study
  • Actions to take for suicidal people in a research study
  • What isn't allowed in a research study

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet help you practice the following skills:

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of what makes a specific research study unethical
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding the first widely used ethical code
  • Reading comprehension-ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on what you need to do if participant discloses that they are suicidal on a form used for your research

Additional Learning

The lesson Conducting Research on People: General Guidelines can help you get more information about research ethics. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Rules in the first widely used ethical code
  • Characteristics of ethical research
  • What an Institutional Review Board does
  • A participant's right to privacy and confidentiality