Human Participants in research within psychology

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  • Ethical issues using participants in research within Psychology
    • 1. BPS's  code of ethics and conduct
      • Rights are protected throughout the study
      • Guidelines Give advice on  ethical issues and how to deal with them
      • E.g. Respect , individual differences, aviod harm, consent
    • Fully Informed Consent
      • Ideally for participants to take part , they should give their consent
      • Without influence or coercion
      • Consent normally achieved but participants are always fully informed
        • Leads to
          • Deception
            • Active e.g. Milgram (Lied about the shocks being real and aim and Mr wallace = really a conderate)
            • Withholding or misleading infomation
            • Passive e.g. Asch (not telling real p's that the other p's were really confederates)
    • Deception
      • Active e.g. Milgram (Lied about the shocks being real and aim and Mr wallace = really a conderate)
      • Withholding or misleading infomation
      • Passive e.g. Asch (not telling real p's that the other p's were really confederates)
    • Protection from harm
      • Contary to the BPS
      • Psychological and Physical
      • Many studies been critised e.g. Gibson and Walk, Milgram etc
        • Some imposed high levels of harm then others.
        • Some studies Defend the harm e.g. only short term, p's glad they took part, benefit to society greater than harm
    • Conclusion
      • But not legally binding= down to of the researcher
      • This highlights importance of guidelines

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