This entry describes and explains different methods of debriefing in research. Although debriefing can be used for educational purposes, because it is primarily used when there is incomplete disclosure or deception in the conduct of research, the entry will begin with a brief discussion of the use of deception in research as the precursor for debriefing. In addition, this entry will include examples and references primarily to social behavioral research. Although the same principles are applicable to research that takes place in biomedical settings, that is not the focus of this entry.

Use of Deception in Research

Deception is a technique used during the conduct of research in principally two ways. The first way is outright misinformation, whereby the participants in a research project are proactively ...

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