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Unit 3 Summary

This unit examines factors that impact the ethics of processing, analyzing, and representing research data. Ethical problems in data processing relate not only to research misconducts (e.g., falsification) but also to researchers’ values, interests, and the biases that explicitly or implicitly impact their decisions. Some research institutions have guidelines for dealing with overt conflict of interest. In addition, ethical researchers should be reflective about their own assumptions and limitations, and carefully examine how these factors might affect the way they conduct research and present results.



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