Web Exercises

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  1. There are many interesting websites that discuss philosophy of science issues. Read the summaries of positivism and interpretivism at www.ruthssociology.com/research-methods (under the "Background" heading). What do these summaries add to your understanding of these philosophical alternatives?
  2. The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) offers an extensive online training course in the basics of human subjects protections issues. Go to the public access CITI site at https://www.citiprogram.org/rcrpage.asp?affiliation=100 and complete the course in social and behavioral research. Write a short summary of what you have learned.
  3. Philip Zimbardo provides extensive documentation about the Stanford Prison Experiment at www.prisonexperiment.org. Read several documents that you find on this Web site and write a short report about them.
  4. Read the entire ACJS Code of Ethics at http://www.acjs.org/pubs/167_671_2922.cfm.  Discuss the meaning of each research standard.
  5. Review some of the most unethical psychological experiments at http://listverse.com/2008/09/07/top-10-unethical-psychological-experiments/.  Identify which one you find to be the most disturbing and explain why you feel that way.  Then, discuss some of the ways that this research could have been prevented from occurring.