The treatment of human subjects involves standard practices and ethical guidelines for dealing with human subjects (participants) at each stage of the research process. There are many considerations including, but not limited to, who to recruit for the study, what information to give participants about the study, and how to interact with participants during the study. Standard practices in the field of communication have developed in response to ethical guidelines and policies for conducting research with human subjects. This entry discusses several areas of consideration related to the treatment of human subjects based on the underlying principles of respect for persons, beneficence, and justice. First, the entry provides a historical overview of influential studies and the ethical discussions and policies they prompted. Next, ...
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