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Ethics in Psychological Research
A Practical Guide for the Student Scientist



December 2018 | 120 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Ethics in Psychological Research is a brief, practical guide for student researchers and their mentors to answer ethical questions and navigate issues of institutional policies and academic freedom. Authors Daniel P. Corts and Holly E. Tatum guide readers in identifying, preventing, mitigating, and resolving ethical issues in research using a unique ethical framework. Each of the standalone chapters  provide real-life examples of ethical questions, a description of scholarly work on the matter, and suggestions for how to address similar problems should they arise in the researcher’s own work. The book makes for a succinct and easy-to-use reference for any student conducting research in the behavioral sciences.


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Chapter 1. Ethics and Values in Psychological Science
Values in Science

 
Values and the Integrity of Research

 
Open Science

 
Psychologists’ Code of Ethics

 
Ethics and the Student Scientist

 
Looking Forward

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
Additional Resources

 
References

 
 
Chapter 2. Understanding Freedoms and Responsibilities
Academic Freedom

 
Ethics in Mentoring

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
Additional Resources

 
References

 
 
Chapter 3. Ethics of Collaboration
Ethical Values in Collaborative Research

 
Data Ownership

 
Authorship

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
Additional Resources

 
References

 
Appendix A: A Student–Faculty Research Agreement

 
 
Chapter 4. Managing Risks With Human Subjects
Human Subjects Protections

 
Identifying Risks

 
Benefits of Research

 
Challenges Unique to Student Researchers

 
Applying the PASA Model

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
Additional Resources

 
References

 
 
Chapter 5. Navigating the IRB Process
Introducing the IRB

 
Defining Research

 
Preparing to Communicate With the IRB

 
Writing Your IRB Proposal

 
Discussion Questions

 
Additional Resources

 
References

 
 
Chapter 6. Working With Animal Subjects
Rules and Regulations for Use of Animals in Research

 
Justification of Research

 
Capabilities of the Personnel and Institution

 
The Student Researcher

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
Additional Resources

 
References

 
 
Chapter 7. Research Misconduct
Research Misconduct

 
Research Misconduct Is Harmful

 
Questionable Research Practices

 
Handling Research Misconduct

 
Consequences of Research Misconduct

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
Additional Resources

 
References

 
 
Chapter 8. Ethics of Statistical Practices
Statistics in Research

 
Domains of Ethics in Statistical Practice

 
Responsible Use and Reporting of Data and Methodology

 
Abusing Researcher Degrees of Freedom

 
Recommendations for Statistical Analysis

 
The Open Science Framework

 
Ethical Responsibilities to Others

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
Additional Resources

 
References

 
 
Chapter 9. Ethical Writing Practices
The Literature Review

 
What Is Plagiarism?

 
Why Is Plagiarism Unethical?

 
Peer Review

 
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
Additional Resources

 
References

 
 
Index

Ethics in Psychological Research is a guide to doing ethics in research that discusses integrity at every step of the process, from developing an idea and pre-registering hypotheses to determining authorship and presenting results. The focus is pragmatic, so the student is being taught direct applications of what they are learning in the course rather than a sort of lofty detached view of research methods.”

Jordan R. Wagge
Avila University

“A necessary collection of all the topics students need to understand when performing any type of research.”

Gary Popoli
Stevenson University

“This handbook compiles several semesters of research methodology into an easy-to-follow guide.”

Stephanie A. Kazanas
Tennessee Technological University

New researchers in Psychology need a source for understanding ethics as well as expectations of commonly followed research practices. This text offers this and so much more.

Professor Sanfrena A Britt
Psychology & Counseling, Texas A & M Univ-Central TX
December 6, 2018

Sample Materials & Chapters

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