The Psychological Research Of The American Psychological Association

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Briefly describe two psychological research studies conducted in the past that would not be considered ethical today, and discuss why this would be the case.

Psychologists have conducted many psychological research studies throughout history without many limitations. Some studies were deemed immoral or inhumane as researchers went too far with their methods of experimentation. However it could be seen as a positive, as these studies initiated the establishment of our current ethical principles.
Ethics is the discipline of moral principles and rules of behaviour (Cardwell, 2008) Ethical standards were introduced to protect the welfare of humans and animals from harm in psychological research. The American Psychological Association (APA) is responsible for encouraging ethical behaviour among psychologists, (Michael W Passer, 2011) they require that their affiliates refer to the code of ethics and their principles. These ethical codes are revised often and consist of: ‘Beneficence, Responsibility, Integrity, Justice and Respect’. (Michael W Passer, 2011) Psychologists expecting to conduct research experiments with the participation of humans or animals, must firstly be permitted by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) who will then review the research aim and strategy to see if it is ethically acceptable. (Douglas A Bernstein, 2008) Therefore in today’s modern world particular psychological research studies conducted in the past prior to the establishment of ethics, would not…

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