Ethical conduct in research


Throughout this course, many opportunities are available to post an initial response to a Discussion topic as well as to respond to your classmate’s responses. After you have completed the reading, and without reviewing your classmate’s responses, post your initial response to the following Discussion. Your post should be at least 300–350 words in length and should extend the discussion of the group supported by your course materials and/or other appropriate resources. After you have submitted your initial post, review some of your classmate’s posts and post at least two substantial responses to your classmates. Refer to the Discussion Board Rubric in Course Resources for specific grading requirements.

It is important for research to be conducted ethically in the field of psychology. This is important for protecting research participants from potential harm and ensuring that their rights are not violated. There are often many different people who work on a research project. Anyone who is part of a research study can run into ethical issues. At these times, the choice made can have important outcomes for the participant, the study, and the person who is making the choice.

Watch the interactive video “The Research Clinic(Please note: this video requires a Flash player and may not work on all devices) and choose which role you want to assume (Principal Investigator, Study Coordinator, IRB administrator, Research Assistant). Then, answer the following:

  1. Discuss two of the choices you had to make and what you learned about ethical issues from these choices.
  2. How can the choices made within the role you chose affect the outcome of the study and those who are participating in the study?
  3. What factors (ex., personal, funding, etc.) might sometimes lead to unethical choices?

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