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Issues in Psychology (01:01)


Psychological research has social consequences, and could unintentionally harm some individuals and groups. This film will examine disputes within the field.

Ethics in Psychology (03:15)

The Milgram Study showed the importance of researcher duty of care for participants. Hear examples of unethical psychological studies. Ethical guidelines include informed consent, confidentiality, right to withdraw, deception, protection from risk of harm, and debriefing.

Psychology Ethics Issues (03:04)

An ethical issue is where the obligation to protect participants conflicts with producing socially valuable research. Justifications for breaching ethical guidelines include important research, no alternatives, and little risk of harm to participants. Some believe participants are overprotected.

Socially Sensitive Research (01:47)

Cambridge researchers found that high levels of testosterone in amniotic fluid predicted autistic traits—raising questions of prenatal testing. Researchers must think of the social consequences of findings, particularly as they are reported in media.

Socially Sensitive Research Example (04:18)

Questions an ethics committee might pose to a psychology proposal include: research justification, use of knowledge, and communication and interpretation of findings. See how they are applied to studying the role of genetics in learning and understanding.

Ethnocentrism in Psychology (02:19)

Botanist Marianne North judged other cultures by Victorian standards. Some believe psychology has an ethnocentric bias. An example of dog meat helps viewers learn about social construction.

Social Construction in Psychology (03:54)

Researcher bias means that psychologists will use their culture as a standard when studying a phenomenon. Conceptual bias refers to culturally specific data collection, such as I.Q. as a measure of intelligence. With reporting bias, psychological studies may not apply to all cultures.

Qualifying Ethnocentrism Criticisms (02:55)

Biased research can still be useful in its own cultural context, as seen in a child development example. Globalization and cross-cultural research are making ethnocentrism less of an issue. Ethnocentric issues apply differently to different branches of psychology.

Credits: Key Issues in Psychological Research (00:30)

Credits: Key Issues in Psychological Research

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Key Issues in Psychological Research

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This film uses real studies to explore some of the major issues surrounding psychological research in three key areas: ethics, socially sensitive research, and ethnocentrism. It covers ethical guidelines for research and reasons for breaching those guidelines; how to address research justification, use of knowledge, and interpretation of findings in a socially sensitive research proposal; and how to be aware of social construction and possible ethnocentric biases.

Length: 24 minutes

Item#: EDP115814

Copyright date: ©2016

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