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Question 263


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What are the ethical issues in Social psychology research? (10 Mark)


  • Implicit Deception- Occurs when the actual situation is so different from what the subjects expect that they behave under incorrect assumptions. In the most cases the subjects do not even know that they are in an experiment when in reality they are
  • Technical deception occurs when the equipment and procedures of an experiment are misinterpreted. This occurs when subject are given a cover story about the purpose of an experiment but the real purpose is in fact are very different.
  • Role deception occurs when other people in a study are misinterpreted. Another subject may actually be a confederate of the experiment or the experiment may post as a fellow student in a classroom
  • Informed consent- A subject must voluntarily agree to participate in research without any coercion and must understand what the participation involves
  • Debriefing- Explaining in some detail the purpose and the procedure of the research at the end of the study to the participants
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Mr. Frank came to a psychologist for a specific problem, As a psychologist how do you conduct mental status examination- Explain (Marks 8)


Mental status examination are as follows

Appearance and Behavior

  • Overt behavior- Persistent twitch
  • Attire
  • Appearance, posture and expressions- Appearance appropriate

Thought Processes

  • Rate of speech- Flow and content of speech reasonable
  • Continuity of speech
  • Content of speech

Mood and Affect

  • Predominant feeling state of the individual-Anxious mood
  • Feeling state accompanying what individual says-Affect appropriate

Intellectual Functioning

  • Type of vocabulary-Intelligence with normal limits
  • Use of abstractions and metaphors


  • Awareness of surroundings in terms of person, time and place- “Oriented times three”

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