Unethical And Should Never Be Condoned

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It can be argued that deception in research is unethical and should never be condoned. One of the main arguments against deception in research is that it takes away the participants right to informed consent. However, the use of deceptive measures in research can be appropriate in certain circumstances. For instance if the participants knew exactly what the researcher was studying, the participant could consciously or unconsciously change their behavior, thus ruining the results of the study. The Institutional Review Boards (IRB) is in place to ensure that proposed research is done in an ethical manner. And that means that deceptive research be kept at a minimum and done only when there is no other way to obtain results.
One of the main responsibilities of the IRB is to weigh the levels of acceptable risks for the participant against the possible benefits. If the known risks to the participants are considered to be low and potential benefits to society or the participants are sizeable, the research is likely to be approved. Consequently, the IRB must agree that the study although deceitful in nature would prove to serve some benefit and not cause harm to the students (3.04/8.07, American Psychological Association, 2002).
In the case of the research professor, the fact that he would try to purposely anger his students for the sake of his research experiment is not a standard educational practice. Therefore he would need to obtain approval from the university’s IRB…
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