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This chapter helps students review the concepts in a research ethics unit of a standard research methods in psychology course. Topics covered include:
- Guidelines for conducting research on people
- The purposes of informed consent
- Physical, psychological and legal risks of research
- Patient expectations for privacy, anonymity and confidentiality
- Informed consent in research with special populations
- Methods used to negate deception in research
- Types of misconduct and unethical behavior
- The importance of institutional review boards
- Mandated and federal regulations protecting research participants
- Considerations for using animal subjects
1. Conducting Research on People: General Guidelines
There are specific guidelines that must be followed when performing research. These guidelines are there to protect the subject from harm. What do you, as a researcher, have to watch out for when conducting research on people? Why do you need to be so careful?
2. What Is Informed Consent in Research? - Definition & Purpose
After you have figured out what you are going to research and have approval to do it, you need informed consent from the participants in your experiment. What is informed consent, and how is it different than regular consent?
3. Risks of Research: Physical Harm, Psychological Abuse & Legal Jeopardy
There are many ways a researcher can harm a participant. This lesson explores the possible harmful actions of researchers, as well as ways to avoid these harmful actions.
4. Ethical Research: Maintaining Privacy, Anonymity & Confidentiality
When performing research, there are certain expectations that a researcher must follow to protect their subjects. We will explore a few of the different ways that a subject's responses are kept from being used against them.
5. Informed Consent in Research with Special Populations
There are people who need a little bit of extra protection because they are in a vulnerable state. These are people who need additional information because they are at some risk or because they cannot make decisions on their own. We will explore some of these special populations.
6. Negating Deception in Research
Sometimes learning something through research requires a little bit of lying - nothing too big but just enough where the subject is misdirected. But what happens after the experiment? What are your responsibilities as a researcher?
7. Research Misconduct: Fraud and Plagiarism
Obviously, at this level, you don't need to be told that copying or making things up is wrong; however, it still happens more often than it should. We will look at the specifics of plagiarism and fraud in psychological research.
8. Legal and Unethical Behavior in Research
In this lesson, explore some of the ways the ethical code and the legal system interact. Learn if it is possible to perform unethical research yet not violate the law.
9. The Importance of Institutional Review Boards in Research
If you think a researcher just runs an experiment, then you didn't know they would run the risk of losing both their position as a researcher and possibly their freedom. The importance of the Institutional Review Boards keeps them safe.
10. Protecting Research Participants: Mandated & Federal Regulations
How are laws and federal regulations protecting research participants? This lesson explores some of the ways people are protected from each other, themselves, and researchers when they are participants in a study.
11. Using Animal Subjects in Research: Issues & Considerations
Using animals in research is not something that is undertaken lightly. We will look at ethical and federal laws put into place to ensure animals used in research are not abused despite the experimentation.
12. Deception: Definition & Meaning
In this lesson, you will learn about deception and its role in psychological research. Read about Milgram's study of obedience and how it has impacted psychological research, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.
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Other chapters within the Research Methods in Psychology: Help and Review course
- Introduction to Research Methods: Help and Review
- Setting Up the Research Study: Help and Review
- Data Collection Techniques in Psychology: Help and Review
- Nonexperimental Research: Help and Review
- Qualitative Research Methods and Design: Help and Review
- Quasi-Experimental Research: Help and Review
- Sampling and Generalization: Help and Review
- Measurement in Research: Help and Review
- Internal Validity in Research: Help and Review
- External Validity: Help and Review
- Experimental Design: Help and Review
- Descriptive Statistics in Psychology: Help and Review
- Inferential Statistics in Psychology: Help and Review
- Evaluating Research Findings: Help and Review
- Ethics in Counselor-Supervisor Relationships