Moral Overreach and Ethical Failure in Setting Psychological Research Standards

  • Tue 18 Feb 20

    13:00 - 14:00

  • Colchester Campus

    STEM 3.1

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    Psychology Seminar Series

  • Event organiser

    Psychology, Department of

  • Contact details

    Liz Lee Reynolds

This week we are joined by Prof Roger Giner-Sorolla to discuss questions in research methods in Psychology

Recent discussions about research methods and reporting reform in psychology have often taken on a moralised tone.

In this talk Prof Giner-Sorolla will argue that any appeal to morality needs to be well-informed about the potential contradictions in open and robust standards, showing a number of examples in which simplistic application leads reformers astray. He will also analyse the apparent moral failure to translate decades-old APA policy about ethical results reporting into workable, enforced journal policy, and point to some recent apparent successes.

Instead of easy heuristics or unrealistic standards Prof Giner-Sorolla advocate a focus on actionable changes that maximise the credibility of research.

The Speaker

Prof Roger Giner-Sorolla is a Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Kent. He is primarily interested in moral emotions, specifically the self-condemning emotions of guilt and shame, and the other-condemning ones of anger, contempt and disgust.

He is also a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and a member of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology as well as acting as an advocate of transparency in scientific reporting.

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