Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Excessive Resistance?

Like many of my colleagues, I was surprised to learn that Jerry Burger received IRB approval to partially replicate Stanley Milgram’s obedience research. Although I was excited to discover if people in today’s society would be obedient, I could not understand how the methods would allow the investigators to protect More

Replicating Milgram

Last month, we featured IRB best practices (“IRBs: Navigating the Maze” November 2007 Observer), and got the ball rolling with strategies and tips that psychological scientists have found to work. Here, we continue the dissemination effort with the second of three articles by researchers who share their experiences with getting More

IRBs: Navigating the Maze

ay “eye are bee” and you’re likely to get responses ranging from heated exasperation to blissful contentment. Therein lies one of the most vexing problems of human research protection at institutions across the country: the colossal variability of institutional review boards (IRBs) and researchers’ relationships with them. A slew of More

Navigating Your First IRB Review

As students, the process of submitting a dissertation or thesis proposal to the local Institutional Review Board, or IRB, is one in which we are often left to fend for ourselves with little to no guidance. This is an exciting milestone in your career, and submitting your first research protocol More