Ethics and Case Study Worksheet

Ethics and Case Study Worksheet

PSY/245 Survey of Research and Statistics

Ethics and Case Study Worksheet

Review the “Into the Mind: Mind Control” video.

Answer the following two question in 45 to 90 words each.

Based on the information presented in the video, what is the primary goal of all the psychological research?

I believe the primary goal of all the research that was completed was to find out just how much the mind could be controlled whether it was people, animals or insects they all were push to levels of mind control beyond the normal range of thinking.

Based on the information you read from the “Standard 8: Research and Publication” section of the APA Code of Ethics, which ethical principles do you think apply to the current study of optogenetics, as mentioned in the video?

The ethical principle that I consider to be appropriate for the study of optogenetics in this video would be Humane care and use of animals in research. Seeing as most of the studies which used autogenetic used animals and insects. When doing the research, I believe it would be unethical not to use restraint and have rules in such a study.

Select one of the following scenarios based on your particular field of interest in psychology. This case study will be referenced in additional assignments throughout this course.

Note: If you are considering pursuing a specific psychology track, it is recommended that you choose the appropriate case study.

Case Study 1 (Industrial/Organizational Psychology): A few months ago, the upper management of a large corporation that employs 2,500 people decided to implement major changes in the method their company handles the development of projects. This change was based on a well-known model used in the military that was familiar to the CEO. The reasoning for the change was not well-communicated to employees; it was simply mandated to be implemented without providing required, significant learning or training opportunities. Many employees do not feel the fit of this model is beneficial for their particular type of programs. As a result, employee morale is low, and group dynamics and personal work performance are suffering because the work process as it relates to their job performance is not understood.

Case Study 2 (General and Applied Psychology): The staff at a large mental health clinic has noticed that patients age 35 and older respond well to calls regarding follow-up appointments and medication reminders. However, patients younger than 35 have a much lower response rate to phone call reminders. They do not answer calls and do not often respond to voice mail requesting they call the clinic back; they are more likely to respond to text messages or social media outreach. The result is that many follow-up appointments are missed and patients do not take their medication as directed. Missed medication and appointments result in poor quality of mental health for patients, and missed appointments result in added costs for the clinic. The approximate number of patients on the telephone recall list is 1,500, and 60% are above 35 years of age.

Address the following issues in 260 to 350 words:

After selecting a case study, think about how you could research this scenario.

Compose at least one research question for the case study you selected.

What is the goal of the research you are proposing to address for your chosen case study?

Define the steps of the research process you would follow.

Evaluate how ethical considerations would affect your research.

Explain how you will consider cultural diversity in the interpretation of your research findings.

I chose the Case Study 2 for General and Applied Psychology. For this research, I would start by completing a survey at one of the bigger hospitals in the area and then completing the same survey at a smaller doctor’s office such as a primary care facility. I chose this way because I believe it would reveal a clear view of the age range and percentage of patients that respond to reminders and callback request. The first question I would ask would be how many patients are there on file that are 35 years or older and how many are below the age of 35? The goal I am hoping to accomplish by conducting this research is to find a point of contact for the patients that is suitable for everyone of all ages and will benefit the patients and the hospitals. I would do this by using the Survey Questionnaire research process which another form of research that psychologist use to measure attitudes and traits as well as monitor changes in moods (“Research Methods In Psychology”, 2010). This method is commonly known for using pencil and paper, which I believe would be beneficial to questioning the patients on their opinions about how they would prefer to be contacted for appointment reminders and callback request. This allows for direct input from the patients. I believe this form of research would be good for all ethical backgrounds as it is only a questionnaire. When considering cultural diversity in this research I believe it would be important to include questions such what the race is, their gender and how old they are because everyone does not respond to matters the same and just because one person that is a white American male age 35 likes to answer his phone will not men that a Hispanic American male age 35 likes to answer the phone or return calls. This will al play an important part in trying to come to a solution for the problem at hand.


APA Ethical Guidlines for Research . (n.d.). Retrieved from

Research Methods In Psychology. (2010). Retrieved from

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