By wellgreat - 14/04/2009 05:11 - United States
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Yeah I agree with number two. That's a bad experiment, you don't tell the control that they are the control. That's like telling a group that they are getting the placebo, it's kinda ruins the experiment.
first off the experimenter NEEDS to inform the volunteer everything about the study. it's not a matter of opinion. for any study that wants to be credited that one factor of many needs to be met. so he's in the right to tell her she is in the control group and no if she made an attempt to make herself look better through make up she could be kicked off the study so as to not skew the results
Well, it sounds like she would be a confederate for the study where they would be looking at the influence on the men... so she could be informed on her grouping. Just a thought, is it possible they might have been looking at how the self image of a woman could influence a man? Regardless, if you were asked to participate in any form of study it is ethically required for the experimenter to return you to the same mental state you were in when they first engaged you. You can report them to your University's human subject research ethics board.