There are many blogs out there with regards to ethics and I’m not quite sure where I stand, is it right to decieve participants?
Well some people would say yes but only if the ends justify the means and some people will put their foot down and say no, it is never right to decieve anyone, and as I don’t know where my thoughts lie I’ve decided to write a slightly different blog today, i would like to highlight the ethics with regards to non-human animals.
A lot of research has been carried out on animals besides humans for over a hundred years and animals will more than likely carry on being studied in the future, and this can be for a few different reasons.
1) We may research animals simply because we are interested in the animals themselves
2) We may research on animals to try and understand our own human behaviours as many charecteristics can be generalised across species.
3) Or we may research on animals because we cannot conduct this research on humans.
One example of animals being used for research was in the 1950’s-70’s when dogs were used to understand the affects of smoking, these dogs were sometimes forced to wear a mask which forced them to smoke up to thirty cigarettes a day and in one case Auerbach et al inserted smoking machines into the slit throats of live dogs, as awful as these studies were the effects of smoking were made quickly made apparent.
In my opinion this is terrible research that should
As there is so much research being used on animals I was wondering what sort of guidelines researchers have to follow and it seems that there are also APA guidelines for research of non-human animals. These guidelines stress that Psychologists must try not to harm the animals if possible and only use animals if they have to.
This, however may be the problem, to what extent can a researcher really understand how much discomfort an animal is going through during a project, animals can’t tell us if they are hurt or uncomfortable, so is it right to study animals if we can’t truly understand what we are putting these animals through?
I’m interested in the comments of this blog, what are your views on non-human animals being used in research?
Research methods for the Behavioural Sciences, Forzano, 2009