Ethical Considerations in Social Psychological Research: Is the Bogus Pipeline a Special Case?
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 27, Issue 7, pages 574–581, April 1997
How to Cite
Sigall, H. (1997), Ethical Considerations in Social Psychological Research: Is the Bogus Pipeline a Special Case?. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 27: 574–581. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1997.tb00648.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
The ethics of using deception in research are discussed, and Aguinis and Handelsman's (1997) arguments that research using the bogus pipeline (BPL), in particular, is unethical are reviewed and critiqued. Stances that view any deception research as unethical may be reasonable, and lead to the conclusion that BPL research is unethical. However, if the position taken is that deception research may be ethically acceptable, then there is no basis for concluding that BPL research is intrinsically unethical. The same considerations that are taken into account when deciding whether any deception in research is ethical apply to decisions about the ethical appropriateness of using the BPL.