Term and Local Animal Shelter
The Psychology Department is requesting permission from your committee to use 10 rats per semester for demonstrations in a physiological psychology class. The students will work in groups of three: each group will be given a rat.
The students will first perform surgery on the rats. Each animal with be anesthetized. Following standard surgical procedures, an incision will be made in the scalp and two holes drilled in the animal's skull. Electrodes will be lowered into the brain to create lesions on each side. The animals will then be allowed to recover.
Several weeks later, the effects of destroying this part of the animal's brain will be tested in a shuttle avoidance task in which animals will learn when to cross …show more content…
They are professionally no one to say that because the animals will be killed at the shelter and euthanized anyway, that they have rights to then take opportunity of that misfortune to aid their research.
The next statement saying, “It costs at least 10 times as much to breed animals for research purposes.”
If that’s what it takes to be proven an ethical experiment, then that 10 times cost will have to be paid. Practicality is not exception for ethical research.
Dr. Hames is requesting permission to do a sleep deprivation study involving young children. He has hypothesized that children between the ages of five and seven need uninterrupted sleep to do well with basic memory functions. He has proposed a study where children in this age category will be awakened each hour during one night in his laboratory, and then tested on basic memory abilities. These results will then be compared with those obtained after a normal night of sleep. He is offering parents a $250 incentive if they will agree to allow their children to participate in this study. The children will be given a gift card to a local toy store for their participation.
In this case, there are ethical and non-ethical aspects detected in this experiment. The unethical aspects of this experiment consist of Dr. Hames offering the parents of the children a $250 incentive if they will agree to allow their children to participate in this study. Rule 1 of the APA Ethics Guideline