Paper 3: Ethics – Human and Animal

  • Initially taught in SOCIAL (Human Ethics) and BIOLOGICAL (Animal ethics)
  • Revisit ANIMALS ETHICS in CLINICAL – helps to evaluate Carlsson
  • Revisit HUMAN ETHICS in CLINICAL – lots to cover in Rosenhan (1973)

Social: Milgram, Burger, BPS guidelines 2009 and 2012 taught in methods section, including principles (respect, responsibility, integrity and competence) , guidelines (deception, informed consent, proxy, presumptive and general prior consent, harm, confidentiality, right to withdraw and withhold data, right to not be changed as a person), and safeguards (cost-benefit analysis, ethics committees); need to consider the ethical implications of psychological research in the areas of obedience and prejudice; costs to participants versus benefits to society?

Learning: The use of dogs, cats, rats and rabbits. Link to a google book on the use of rabbits can be found on the classical conditioning page.

Clinical: Issues surrounding the reliability and validity of diagnosis which can lead to issues with stigmatisation and self fulfilling prophecy but also to people not getting the support and treatment that they needs. Lots of issues discussed good and bad relating to Rosenhan’s study. We also looked at the HCPC Guidelines for ethical conduct regarding practitioner psychologists  and there is information about this topic in the methods section of the clincial area.

Ethics and the use of non-human animals in psychology

Ethics and Research with human participants