Do we really need ethics or do they get in the way? Before even considering creating a study to research a certain topic the researcher needs to take into account if they will be going against the laws of ethics and if they are able to even start the study if they follow them. These laws are set up by the ‘British psychology society’ (BPS) following the devastating research conflicted in the second world war in the concentration camps this was to make sure the researchers are being honest and respectful towards the results of each individual taking part.
There are five ethical principles; consent, debrief, the right to withdrawal, no harm and no deception. If we look closely at these principles it would be very difficult to follow these and create a study worth doing. We have to deceive so the research shows a realistic result, is this only way to create a study? Milgram’s study of obedience is the perfect example to prove this as if the participants were told what the study entailed the results would be invalid as they would of know the shocks were fake so they would defiantly continue to the maximum voltage so does this make it okay to go against the principles? Similarly Zimbardo (1971)study the Stanford prison experiment was extremely unethical however participants admitted they learnt values about themselves so was the study successful? So would these studies be as successful if they followed the laws of ethics?
Who stays? Who goes? You decide 🙂