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Introduction Investigate Research Data Ethical issues



Respect for the basic rights of humans and animals is the obligation of all researchers. As a result, you must always consider a variety of safeguards to guarantee ethical and humane treatment of all participants. Professional organizations conducting or overseeing research have established detailed guidelines, standards, and review processes to ensure that participants' rights are honored.


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Question 1: Before beginning an experiment, all of your participants must read and sign a statement of ___.


a. confidentiality


b. the research procedures, benefits, and risks


c. personal responsibility


d. purpose


Answer: Correct. Before beginning your study, all of your participants must read and sign a statement of consent that outlines the research procedures, potential risks, and expected benefits involved.

Question 2: Talking with participants after your study is called ___.


a. consent


b. deception


c. debriefing


d. summative discussion


Answer: Correct. Talking with participants after your study is called debriefing.

To learn more on topics related to this feature, explore Program 2: Understanding Research.

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