Assignment: Deception Responses Paper

Assignment: Deception Responses

Assignment: Deception Responses


150 words for each classmates. In-text citation also 5-7 years references.


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Re: Topic 3 DQ2

Deception in research can be a helpful way of getting the information needed in some cases. For instance, it can fall within Principle C: Integrity, according to the APA ethics code in some situations deception maybe justifiable to maximize benefits and minimize harm. “Psychologists have a serious obligation to consider the need for, the possible consequences of, and their responsibility to correct any resulting mistrust or other harmful effects that arise from the use of such techniques. (APA, 2017).”

For example, if a patient is reaching out to the psychologist stating they are wanting to harm themselves it is that psychologist duty to get as much information from that person to maintain their safety no matter what that person’s life is what is important at that given moment. Another example of when deception is necessary, when “psychologists are conducting court-ordered assessments or evaluating military personnel may be prevented from obtaining consent by law or governmental regulation (Fisher, 2017, p.157).” Although it may be beneficial in some cases it also can have adverse effects when used wrong.


American Psychological Association. (2017). Ethical principles of psychologists and code of  conduct. Retrieved from

Fisher, C. B. (2017). Standards on research and publication. Decoding the Ethics Code: A Practical Guide for Psychologists. (4thed.). (pp. 281-341). Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publications, Inc. Retrieved from


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Re: Topic 3 DQ2

According to Fisher (2017), deception in research means psychologists intentionally withhold information or misinform participants about the purpose of the study, the experimental procedures, equipment used, or roles of the research team members. Deception should be used when psychologists have justified that using non-deceptive alternative procedures are not feasible. Using deception in research may benefit psychologists by keeping the participants unaware of the purpose of the experiment, providing a more realistic response.

An example of using deception in research is the placebo effect. According to Miller, Swartzman, and Wendler (2005), the placebo effect monitors the positive physiological or psychological changes after administering inert medication and sham procedures without acknowledgement of the patient. The purpose, though deceptive, is to determine how inert interventions can lead to positive changes in patients. Proposed by APA (2018), under Principle C involving integrity, deception should be avoided unless it is deemed to maximize the benefits of the experiment and eliminate any harm.

APA. (2018). Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. Retrieved January 10, 2019,

Miller, F. G., Wendler, D., & Swartzman, L. C. (2005, September 6). Deception in research on the placebo effect. Plos Medicine, 2(9). doi:

Fisher, C. B. (2017). Decoding the ethics code (fourth ed., pp. 46-53). Los Angeles, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. Retrieved January 8, 2019, from


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Re: Topic 3 DQ2

Deception can and should be used in unique situations that require the study design to have omission of details that might alter the participants responses that is being studied, This information can be withheld and shared after the study (OSU, 2019). Researchers must have specific justifications and have proper safeguards for using deception for the protection of the participants welfare and rights.


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