In this discussion, we will explore the ethics of testing on vulnerable populations. After reviewing the required resources, answer the questions below. Your initial post should be a minimum of 200 words. When you describe ideas that are not your own, be sure to paraphrase and not use direct quotations.

For your initial post, address the following:

  • What are some examples of vulnerable populations in cognitive psychology? What makes them vulnerable?
  • What is an example of a precaution that psychological scientists can use when testing or applying a new protocol or technology that might help a vulnerable population?
  • Between the need to help people with cognitive impairments and the need to patiently accumulate reliable data, where should we draw the line?
  • What are the dangers of unsupported claims by researchers and the media in products sold as “helping your memory” or “enhancing your attention”?
  • How does the concept of testing on vulnerable populations apply to at least one of the following programmatic course themes?

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