Psychologists must adhere to ethical standards when conducting research. These standards protect the rights of participants in research studies. They include principles such as informed consent, beneficence, and confidentiality.
Ethics in Psychology Research
Informed Consent: an ethical principle that requires researchers to disclose the purpose of a study and any risks involved to the participants before they agree to participate Deception: when researchers deliberately mislead or withhold information from participants in order to collect data Confidentiality: a principle of ethics that requires researchers to protect the identities of their research participants and keep their data private
In psychology research, the Stanford Prison experiment (1971) is often seen as a major milestone in the development of ethical guidelines for research. The American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA) are two organizations that have developed ethical guidelines for psychological research. The Nuremberg Code (1947) was the first legal document to establish principles to protect participants in psychological research.
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