Deception in Psychological Research

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Deception in Psychological Research Lindsey Bocskay Psych/540 11/16/2009 Dr. Matthew Geyer When conducting any type of psychological research, the American Psychological Association (APA) Ethics codes comes into effect. Every researcher or scientist is obligated to follow the standards set in the ethics codes. There are many ethical standards that need to be upheld when dealing with research. Researchers must see if the research or study meets the ethical standards. There are many ways of conducting research and gathering data. Some ways are considered ethical and appropriate ways to gather data while other ways are deemed unethical. Deception and misrepresenting oneself in order to obtain data is a controversial issue on…show more content…
“Researchers are ethically obligated to describe the research procedures clearly, identify any potential risks that might influence individuals' willingness to participate, and answer any questions participants have about the research” (Shaughnessy, Zechmeister, & Zechmeister, 2005). In return, “Researchers are ethically obligated to describe the research procedures clearly, identify any potential risks that might influence individuals' willingness to participate, and answer any questions participants have about the research” (Shaughnessy, Zechmeister, & Zechmeister, 2005). There are many different ways to gather data and information in a research or study. One of the ways to obtain information is to use deception or misrepresent oneself in the research. In a classic study that Humphreys conducted on tearoom, Humphreys observed over 100 sexual acts in over 15 different men’s restrooms with men. Tearooms are where men can get together in public restrooms and perform sexual acts on other men without anyone knowing. Humphreys noticed that these men didn’t want to enter these restrooms in fear of getting caught. This produced the lookout role called the “watchqueen” (Desroches, 1990). Humphreys took on the “watchqueen” role in order to observe what was going on without causing alarm to the participants. He also started to build the trust of several participants by engaging in conversation with them. He recorded the license

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