Problem

Deceptive social science research

Other Names:
Social science lying
Deception in the social sciences
Nature:
Openness and honesty are two essential characteristics of the relationship between investigator and research participants, but these are repudiated when participants are subjected to research the means or motives of which have not been honestly explained.
Incidence:
In one study, male undergraduates were falsely led to believe they had been sexually aroused by photographs of men and their responses to such information studied. In another, subjects were surreptitiously given LSD.
Claim:
Deceptive social science research is an interference in the subject's freedom of informed choice. It also makes a mockery of the trust one human being places in another, especially someone in authority who would normally be assumed to be trustworthy.
Counter Claim:
Since most experiments are utterly harmless, it is a waste of time and energy to impose upon them the kind of requirements full explanations might entail.
Aggravates:
Abuse of science
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Subject(s):
Research
Sociology
Date of last update
01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET