Ethical Standard in Psychological Research: A Review


  • Jiayao Hu Henan Polytechnic University, People's Republic China



algorithmic bias, artificial intelligence, ethical dilemmas, ethical guidelines, ethical research


Psychological research is the study of human beings' self-perception of the way they think and behave, and the study of the psychological and behavioral patterns of how they perceive external information and how they internalize it. Integral to the integrity and credibility of this research enterprise is adherence to ethical standards that uphold the rights, well-being and dignity of research participants. As the scientific exploration of the human mind continues to evolve, so does the ethical framework that guides researchers in their quest for knowledge. This article delves into the multifaceted nature of ethical standards in psychological research. By scrutinizing historical precedents, contemporary guidelines and emerging challenges, this exploration aims to illuminate the critical role that ethical considerations play in shaping the methodology, implementation and interpretation of psychological research. The paper first presents the historical trajectory of ethical issues and ethical guidelines in psychological research. Secondly, ethical dilemmas in psychological research are presented, emphasizing the complex interplay between the pursuit of knowledge and the responsibility to protect the rights and well-being of research participants. In addition, the advent of the digital age has created a new set of ethical challenges for psychological research. The convergence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and psychological research has opened up transformative possibilities for data analysis, pattern recognition and the exploration of complex psychological phenomena, and the issue of algorithmic bias cannot be ignored. A final conclusion is made that ethical standards in psychological research are the ethical backbone of a discipline dedicated to revealing the complexity of the human mind, and that emerging challenges need to be actively addressed.


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How to Cite

Hu, J. (2023). Ethical Standard in Psychological Research: A Review. Psychomachina, 1(1), 1–12.