Evaluate some common criticisms and misunderstandings related to the discipline of psychology.
1. Evaluate some common criticisms and misunderstandings related to the discipline of psychology.
The Discipline of Psychology has a history of being a controversial discipline. There have been many criticisms of the discipline of psychology proposed on ethical and philosophical grounds. Early studies were rightfully criticized, such as Mailgram's experiment because of the extreme psychological stress imposed on the subjects. However, more stagnant ethical standards are in place today where Ethical committees must approve studies. There are also ethical criticisms using animals in research that is considered inhumane. However, new ethical guidelines are in place that state that it is only acceptable to use non-human animals for scientific purposes when the harm (physical or psychological) done to animals is outweighed by the benefits of the research (Sherwin, et al, 2003). However, researcher still can use research techniques on animals that would not be considered ethical to be performed on humans.
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Common criticisms and misunderstandings related to the discipline of psychology are indicated. References are also provided to further validate the findings.