Essay on Defining Research with Human Subjects

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Question 1
Question : According to the federal regulations, which of the following studies meets the definition of research with human subjects?
Your answer : A researcher conducts a linguistic study of comments posted on a local public blog.
Correct Answer : A developmental psychologist videotapes interactions between groups of toddlers and their care givers to determine which intervention methods most effectively manage aggression.
Comment : The study of passenger lists is a study of individuals who are no longer living. A human subject is a living individual. Questioning individuals to acquire data about the number of newly diagnosed HIV cases is asking "about what" questions rather than "about whom" questions. Conducting a
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Receiving data with no identifiers is not research with human subjects because there is no interaction or intervention with a living human being and no collection of private identifiable data. In addition, creating a report for a membership organization does not involve a research question, as defined by the federal regulations, so it too is not research with human subjects.
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Question 3
Question : According to the federal regulations, which of the following studies meets the definition of research with human subjects?
Your answer : A researcher conducts a comparison of the comments made in a publicly available blog and the blogger's comments on a similar topic in a weekly magazine.
Correct Answer : A cognitive psychologist enrolls undergraduate students for a computer-based study about the effect of mood on problem solving behaviors.
Comment : A cognitive scientist studying the effect of moods on problem solving behaviors has research question and is interacting with living individuals. Questioning a superintendent of schools to acquire data about the ethnic composition of a school system is asking "about what" questions rather than "about whom" questions. (If a study proposed interviewing the superintendent of public schools about his or her experience in the field of education or about his or her perceptions about the current problems within the school system and possible
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