Ethics Worksheet From 'Into The Mind: Mind Control'

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Ethics Worksheet After watching the “Into the Mind: Mind Control” video, answer each question with at least 200 words. 1. Based on the information in Ch. 1 of Research Methods and Statistics and the video, what is the goal of psychological research? Based on our reading in Chapter 1 of Research Methods and Statistics the goal of psychological research is to better understand human behavior and is actually broken down into 4 goals that we gear towards based on our observations. We observe every day of our life but the goal of psychological research is to go farther into these observations and better understand human behavior. The first of these goal is description, this is where we describe the behaviors and events that happen around…show more content…
Skinner with the “Skinner Box”. This was a study that was done to prove that we could modify behavior by giving positive reinforcements. B.F. Skinner believed that the best way for us to understand behavior was to look at what caused the behavior and what the consequences were from us participating in the behavior. The field of psychology learned that when an individual is positively reinforced for participation in a specific wanted behavior the individual is more likely to repeat the wanted behavior. This is used mostly in parenting by rewarding a child for being good. (McLeod, S. A. (2015). Skinner - Operant Conditioning. Retrieved from http://www.simplypsychology.org/operant-conditioning.html) The ethical considerations that I believe should be considered in this study is informed consent, especially if placed in a enclosed space as he did with the animals. It would be important for the individual to know that they could leave the study at anytime since some people have a fear of enclosed spaces. Another ethical consideration that I believe should be made is making sure that the participant understands the nature of the study, their obligations and limitations and that each individual may receive a different positive reinforcement. Debriefing after the completion of the study should also be done so the participant understands the results from the…show more content…
They also need to be informed of any consequences of the porcedures they will be exposed to. The participant also needs to be aware that they are able to withdraw from the study at anytime and should be explained the limits of their confidentiality. I believe 8.04 Subordinate Research Participants comes into play to make sure that the participant is protected from adverse consequences of withdrawing and making sure the participant understands the consequences that go with the study. I believe that the participant needs to be aware of the nature of the services, the risks, the obligations and limitations that will be place upon them throughout the study. I believe that 8.07 Deception in Research may be the main principle that would apply since the researcher may downplay the pain, emotional distress and risks that may be associated with this study. This then leads into 8.014 Sharing Research Data for Verification which would mean the researcher could not withhold their data so that it could be compared by other
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