The Ethical Use Of Deception In Psychological Experiments

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Deception is the act of misleading or misinforming someone about the true nature of a situation. Deception is used in psychological experiments to obtain truthful or real data. Deception is also used on contestants in reality TV shows. Deceiving the contestants has many harmful mental effects after they have left the show. Deception violates a code ethics for psychology. Thus, it is surrounded in controversy, sparking debates as to, if it should be used in experiments. The ethical violations of deception, raise an interesting question, should deception be used in experiments and as a method of entertainment in reality Television? One of the well-publicised and debated psychological experiments is that of Stanley Milgram’s. The experiment used deception. It is widely regarded as a highly unethical experiment in regards to psychological research. In his…show more content…
As what they say and/or do on camera may prevent employment. This is especially ethically unsound, as the production team on the show, manipulate how each contestant is portrayed. An example of these effects is My Kitchen Rules contestant Kelly Ramsay. In an online article, it was stated that Ramsay felt “manipulated, betrayed, and utterly destroyed by the producers of MKR.” Because of her time on the show, Ramsay has been hospitalised for exhaustion. She is also broke because she could not get her old job back, because of the show (Leaver 2014). One of the benefits of using deception in reality TV is that it can be used a teaching device. Many reality TV shows are social experiments (Burr 2012) as they put strangers in a strange/uncomfortable environment. These shoes actively manipulate and deceive contestants, creating an opportunity for psychology students to reflect and identify the ethical issues that arise within the show. In (Poonati & Amadio’s 2010) study they used examples from TV programmes to help students understand operant

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