by Elisa A. Hurley, PhD, Executive Director
Much has been written in the past few months—pro and con—about the results of the Facebook emotional contagion study published in June in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study manipulated the News Feeds of 700,000 unknowing Facebook users for a week in January 2012 by adjusting Facebook’s existing algorithm to over-select for either more positive or more negative language in posts. At the end of the week, [...] Read more
by Meryn Robinson, Educational Program Intern
When reviewing a study that sought to investigate how sex offenders used networked technologies and communications for human trafficking, Hila Berger, MPH, CIP, and her colleagues on the IRB at Montclair State University faced a unique challenge: balancing protections for the study’s subjects—sex offenders—against protections for potential victims. The potential for subjects to incriminate themselves and potential legal obligations related to information disclosed during the research further complicated the protocol review. To overcome these challenges, the IRB and legal counsel worked together to implement additional protections for the group.
by Celia B. Fisher, PhD, and Elizabeth Yuko, PhD, Fordham University Center for Ethics Education
Conducting empirical research on research ethics can be daunting. It requires thinking beyond the ethics of a treatment, procedure, or new technology to considerations involving the scientific validity, social value, and potential ethical challenges of the research process itself. Nonetheless, ongoing evidence-based research is crucial for the advancement and improvement of the responsible conduct of research.
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As summer swings into full gear, be sure to take a break from the heat to delve into the research ethics news making headlines this month.
by Julie Fine, BS, Legal Specialist, Worldwide Research and Development, Pfizer Inc, La Jolla, California
In the many months that have passed since the 2013 Advancing Ethical Research Conference, I’ve been reflecting on the keynote speeches, the sessions I attended, and the incredible retirement luncheon celebrating [...] Read more
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