Mock Institutional board

For this exercise, you will choose one of the psychological experiments listed at the bottom of these instructions. These are experiments that have already been conducted and published. Several are “classic” experiments in social psychology of which you should already be aware. You will read the published information carefully and then you will take the knowledge gleaned from the readings to complete the IRB application AS IF you were the Principal Investigator applying for approval to conduct the study.

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For some of the questions included on the application, you may need to “stretch” your knowledge a bit. For example, the published information may say that college students were given extra credit for participation, but may not go into a lot of detail regarding the process used to recruit those students. In such a situation, you may need to use your imagination to fill in some blanks.

In addition, please remember that the goal here is to put yourself in the principal investigator’s shoes at the time that he/she conducted the experiment. If the experiment was conducted in the 1970s, for example, remember that the standards for human experimentation were different back then. Answer the questions as the investigator WOULD have answered them (based upon what you read about the experiment), not as they SHOULD have answered them based upon today’s ethical standards.


Please choose ONE of the following experiments to read:

1. The Milgram Obedience Study: Found on pp. 292-296 in the Principles of Social Psychology

2. The Stanford Prison Experiment: Found on pp. 296-298 in the Principles of Social Psychology.

3. The Effects of Provocation and Fear of Death on Aggression: Found on pp. 429-430 in the Principles of Social Psychology

4. Arousal and Attraction: Found on pp. 336-338 in the Principles of Social Psychology


Assignment Instructions (Please complete both #1 and #2 below)

1. After carefully reading your article, please complete the attached document. You will complete the second half of the Mock IRB Application in Part 2 of this assignment in a later week in the semester. The attached document is editable, so please place your responses directly into the document. Be sure to save the document on your hard drive and then upload it into the slot for the assignment.

2. After completing the Mock IRB Assignment-Part 1, please answer the following questions in a 3-page Word Document (.docx format) and upload as an attachment to the slot for the assignment.

a. What was the most challenging section of the Mock IRB Application-Part 1 to complete? Why was it challenging?

b. Were there any sections of the Mock IRB Application-Part 1 that you felt the authors of your article did not adequately address (either in terms of not doing it or not addressing it in their write-up of their Method/Procedure)?

c. If you were actually the Principal Investigator of this study, what might you do differently in order to adequately address all the questions asked on Part 1 of this Mock IRB Application?

d. How do you think ethical standards have changed (if at all) since the Principal Investigator of your chosen study filled out his/her own IRB Application?


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