Harold A. Herzog
- Research Question or Problem
The article by Harold (1990) explores the growing concern over the ethicality of using animals in behavioral and biomedical research. Over the years, criticism by animal rights groups over the use of animals has increased. However, more focus has been put on the use of animals in research. It is for this reason that the article reviews the philosophical underpinnings surrounding the ethicality of using animals in research. The presents an exercise aimed at facilitating psychology students to think on issues related to decisions as to whether various educational projects and hypothetical researchers should be conducted (Herzog, 1990).
The results of the exercises are presented in prose. There is no use of graphical aid. Nonetheless, the results are presented in a manner that is both clear and comprehensive. The responses from the students were positive. They affirmed that the exercise was important in stimulating thinking on issues associated with ethics in research. However, two students did not recommend continued use of the exercises in class. The results of the study clarified the research problem further. As had been noted in the literature review, the students appreciated the importance of ethicality in the use of animals in behavioral and experimental research (Herzog, 1990).
The references listed in the bibliographic sections are all related to the problem under scrutiny. They helped develop the various issues explored in the research. The references were all appropriately cited in various sections of the article. In addition, the articles were not outdate and were varied in terms of the source (Herzog, 1990).
- Personal Reaction
The article was well written and organized. It presented a wide range of arguments and supporting information from other scholars. From the article, I learnt of new perspectives into the ethical decisions made before research, previously, I was more concerned about human subjects in research. I though the article was limited by the fact that it focused on students. As such, I would want to know the take of other members of the academic fraternity.
Herzog, H.A. (1990). Discussing Animal Rights and Animal Research in the Classroom.
Teaching of Psychology. 17 (2) 90-94. DOI: http://top.sagepub.com/content/17/2/90. short/ 01/06/2013