Obtaining informed consent from study participants and results of field studies. Methodological problems caused by the literal treatment of codes of ethics

Tomasz Grzyb


The article discusses the issue of the necessity of obtaining informed consent from an individual who is to be a participant in an experiment. Codes of ethics concerning the behaviour of a psychologist fundamentally do not permit conducting experiments without informing their participants in advance that they will be conducted. Meanwhile, the act of obtaining prior consent (and thus of informing the study participant that they will be taking part in an experiment) can have a significant impact on results. The article describes an experiment in the field of social influence psychology during which one group was asked for their informed consent to participate in a study, while the second was simply presented with the main request (to sign a letter to the mayor about reducing the number of parking spaces for the disabled). The results demonstrate the strong influence of awareness that a study is being conducted on the decisions taken in the course of the experiment.
Author Tomasz Grzyb (Wydział Zamiejscowy we Wrocławiu)
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- Wydział Zamiejscowy we Wrocławiu
Journal seriesPolish Psychological Bulletin, ISSN 0079-2993, e-ISSN 1641-7844, (B 15 pkt)
Issue year2017
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Englishsocial influence; informed consent; ethics in experimentation
ASJC Classification3200 General Psychology
URL https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/ppb.2017.48.issue-2/ppb-2017-0032/ppb-2017-0032.xml
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)15
Score sourcejournalList
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 0.232
Citation count*6 (2021-02-28)
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