Ethical Standards In Psychology

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According to the Oxford Dictionary ethic means “a moral fitness of a decisions, course of action and the study of the moral value of human conduct.” Ethics is basically standards that are between what’s right and wrong as well as what are good and bad. Nowadays, psychological experiments were required to followed ethical rules where it is conducted in ways that it is good and right. If the experiment does not follow the ethical standard, the experiment is then classified as unethical. In this essay two psychology studies will be further discussed. One of the studies is viewed unethical whilst the other is viewed ethical. These two experiments will be compared as to whether the experiment has followed the ethical guideline. The APS (Australian …show more content…
It can be seen that there have been positive improvements in ethical standard since early 1900s. For example, Wendell’s study encouraged us to create better ethics because we became aware of the long lasting damage of individuals. This results to less harm towards the subjects in future psychology studies such as Nisbett and Wilson experiment. So by putting more ethical guidelines it could result to an effective system to which the individual is both safe and unharmed. In all psychology investigations, consents are given to the subject which helps inform the procedures involved within the experiment. From this the person has full knowledge and it gives the choice to participate in the experiment. If the ethics were however taken too far it would cause a negative impact as the ethical guidelines restricts the researcher to find reasonable information. New knowledge and information could be discovered would become unknown if there too much ethics put into place. By not gaining new information of how the human minds works, it could not be applied to real world situations. For example, the discovery of human behaviour could help and benefit many people if the ethics did not have too many …show more content…
For example, the 1977 experiment of the halo effect would be ethical as the researchers did not harm the subject. Wendell Johnsons’ study conducted 1939 however, caused permanent damage to the children thus being unethical. From this it shows the beneficial improvements that have been made in ethics. Thus in the future more ethics should be put into place however to an extent. This is because if large amount of ethics were to be followed, psychologists would then be unable to retrieve valuable information about the human mind. Overall the current ethical guideline has had a positive influence towards psychology. In the future however, these new discoveries may be unknown if more strict ethics were to be added to the

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