Primer on Research Ethics

I know that for a lot of undergraduate and graduate students that the research ethics approval process seems like it’s a tedious amount of paperwork to fill out — particularly in many of the social sciences where our research is quite innocuous. However, because of we have learned from past mistakes┬álike the Milgram Experiments (see below for the full video — it’s worth a watch) or the Stanford Prison Experiments, it is vital to ensure that our research provides, on balance, value. This means that we have to take into account the well-being of our participants and not just the potential value of our outcomes.

Here is my introduction to the principles of research ethics:

This is the original 1962 video of the Milgram Experiments:

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