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Section Six: Human Participation in Research
CASE STUDY: A Test of Anxiety
While it is allowable to require students to participate in experiments, this experiment is morally prohibited because students were unnecessarily subjected to humiliation in front of their peers.
If the point of this experiment is not to measure sexual deviance, but to raise the participants' anxiety level as they attempt to complete a timed task, it is possible to use the peer pressure to raise anxiety without the extremely sensitive topic of sexual deviance. Simply telling the participants how much time is remaining as they complete the task in front of their peers can be an anxiety-provoking event. Broadcasting errors to the audience can raise anxiety. It is also morally required that participants know what they are agreeing to before being asked to provide informed consent.
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