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Why do we need to consider ethics in psychology research?

We study living beings with feelings and emotions you could cause them harm


Living beings are sentient beings, what does this mean?

They have feelings and emotions you could cause them harm


Where did modern psychologists concern for protection of participants come from?

Human experiments uncovered from Nuremberg trials following world war 2


In Britain who produce ethical guidelines for conducting research?

British psychological society


Why is it important bps guidelines are updated regularly?

Societies ethics and moral views change


What does confidentiality involve?

Any data participants provide should be kept private unless they give full consent to make it public


What does deception involve?

Lying, misleading or withholding information from participants


Should participants ever be deceived?

Not without strong scientific justification


Why are some participants deceived in research?

Studies would not achieve valid results due to demand characteristics of participants knew everything


participants should not experience what?

harm - physical, psychological


in what way might participants experience psychological harm?

stress, anxiety and humiliation


participants should leave psychological studies in...

...the same condition they arrived


the risk of harm should be....

...no more than what can reasonably expected in everyday life


there should not be a risk to the participant's...

privacy, values, beliefs, relationships or status


what can observations be an invasion of?



what are researchers obliged to obtain?

participants full informed consent


what does full informed consent involve the participants knowing?

the aim of the research and their right to withdraw


when is consent an especially big issue?

when working with vulnerable individuals


who are vulnerable individuals?

those unable to give knowledgeable consent themselves, e.g.
those with disabilities
brain damage


give an example of a study with ethical issues:

being sane in insane places
blue eyes/brown eyes
bobo doll experiment
Stanford experiment


what was the aim of the being sane in insane places study?

to test the hypothesis that psychiatrists can not reliably tell the difference between sane and insane people


what sort of experiment was being sane in insane places?



what was the variables in the being insane places study?

IV - made up symptoms
DV - psychiatrists admission and diagnosis of patients


what did the procedure of the being sane in insane places involve?

sane people trying to gain admission to psychiatric wards claiming they were hearing voices
after admitted they stopped symptoms and attempted to get out by convincing staff they were sane


what did patients have to carry out whilst being in the psychiatric ward in the being sane in insane places study?

observation of behaviour of staff toward patients


what were some ethical issues of the being sane in insane places study?

deception - false names
right to withdraw - had to get out on their own
confidentiality - occupations published


what did the blue eyes brown eyes study show?

impact racism has on education


what did the blue eyes brown eyes study involve?

blue eyed children given best place in classroom - extra break time, food, front seats
brown eyed children forced to sit at the back, punished
Elliot told the kids blue eyes were associated with intelligence


what happened at the end of the first day of the blue eyes brown eyes study?

blue eyed kids viciously put down brown eyed kids, the usually successful brown eyed children struggled


what did Elliot do on the second day of the blue eyes brown eyes study? what did the children do at the end?

reversed the exercise
children hugged and cried they learnt what racism felt like


what were ethical issues of the blue eyes brown eyes study?

no consent - not informed of purpose
children unable to give consent
no right to withdraw
psychological harm - insecurity about eye colour


who were the participants in the bobo doll experiment?

36 boys, 36 girls, aged 3-6


how were the children in the bobo doll experiment matched?

observations and rating children's levels of aggression
matched to group with similar aggression levels


what did the procedure of the bobo doll experiment involve?

aggressive role model shown to 24 kids (attacked the bobo doll) , non aggressive (played quietly ignoring doll) shown to 24, and no model to 24


after children where shown the model what happened next in the bobo doll experiment?

children put in room with toys for mild aggression arousal as they began to play - told the toys were for other kids
child put in room with aggressive and non aggressive toys


what happened to the children who observed the aggressive model (bobo doll)?

they played more aggressively with the toys


what was an ethical issue of the bobo doll experiment?

protection from harm - long term implications e.g. future aggressive behaviour


what was the aim of the Stanford prison experiment?

to see how readily people would conform to roles of guard and prisoner


what did Zimbardo want to find out about in the Stanford prison experiment?

if brutality among guards was due to personalities or the prison environment


what was the methodology of the Stanford prison experiment? (location, participants, sampling)

converted basement into prison
advertised for students to play prisons and guards
24 male participants paid $15 per day
random allocation to role of guard and prisoner


what did the procedure of the Stanford prison experiment involve?

guards worked in sets of 3 dressed realistically, prisoners treated like real criminals, guards had to do whatever was needed to maintain order


what were the guards doing within hours of the Stanford prison experiment beginning?

harassing prisoners, behaving brutally, prisoners dehumanised


what were ethical issues of the Stanford prison experiment?

right to withdraw - payment may make them feel obliged to remain in the study
harm - prisoners harassed and dehumanised

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