The Misuse of Psychological Knowledge

TitleThe Misuse of Psychological Knowledge
Publication TypeWeb Article
Year of Publication1981
AuthorsMorawski, JG
Secondary AuthorsLadenson, R
Series TitlePerspectives on the Professions
PublisherCenter for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology
Place PublishedChicago
Publication Languageeng
Keywordsprofessional codes of ethics , PSYCHOLOGY
AbstractTwo different sets of regulation exist for clinical and experimental psychologists exist, and this can cause problems when scientific psychologists become involved in the practical utilization of psychological knowledge, such as when research findings are used in areas of public policymaking. This use of psychological knowledge is not covered in existing standards for psychological research, and this kind of involvement can be problematic such as the endorsement of the lie detector when only limited studies had been done on its effectiveness. the author discusses the role of a psychologist as expert in policymaking and the different moral issues that can arise for psychologists who become involved in policymaking, and the need to be aware that scientists are not always objective when it comes to political decision making.
Short TitleThe Misuse of Psychological Knowledge
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