Two Faces of Deceptive Research
June 20, 1998 | Volume 153 | Number 25Cover: Social psychologists have often misled volunteers in order to study obedience to authority and other sensitive issues. On the face of it, this practice appears necessary, but lab deceptions harbor a dark side that casts a shadow over the entire research effort, according to some scientists.
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