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Informed Consent and Psychological Research

Informed consent in psychological research is the process by which researchers obtain the permission of human participants to participate in a study. The goals of the informed consent process are to inform the participants about the study, ensure their understanding of that information, and document their voluntary decision to participate. For any research involving human participants, informed consent protocols must be submitted to and approved by the institutional review board (IRB) overseeing the study. Informed consent must be obtained from all participants, or in special circumstances by legal proxy, prior to initiation of data collection, unless the respective IRB has granted permission to waive consent. This entry reviews the history of informed consent, describes the process of obtaining informed consent, and discusses additional consideration, ...

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