Methods in Psychological Research introduces students to the rich world of research in psychology through student-friendly writing, compelling real-world examples, and frequent opportunities for practice. Using a relaxed yet supportive tone that eases student anxiety, the authors present a mixture of conceptual and practical discussions, and spark reader interest in research by covering meaningful topics that resonate with today’s students. In-text features like Conceptual Exercises, FYI sections, and FAQ sections with accompanying visual cues support learning throughout the research experience. The Fourth Edition equips students with the tools they need to understand research concepts, conduct their own experiments, and present their findings.

Research in Psychology : An Ethical Enterprise


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After studying this chapter, students should be able to

  • Defend the ethical codes that guide research and practice
  • Assess the five general principles that psychologists follow
  • Discuss the ethical standards of the APA as they apply to researchers, including confidentiality, informed consent, reduction of harm, privacy, deception, and debriefing
  • Identify the two parties who must provide informed consent in the case of special populations
  • Appraise the ethical problems associated with Internet research
  • Discuss the problem of bias in research

Are Ethical Codes Necessary?

Prior to the end of World War II, ethics in research was largely self-governing. This began to change following the Nuremberg Trials on war crimes committed in Nazi Germany. (Proceedings of the trials can be found at the U.S. Library of Congress ...

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