Understanding Research

Episode 10: Collecting Data from People

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In this video, Anne describes ethical and systematic ways to collect data from people, starting with an example that most students are familiar with: surveys and course evaluations. She explains how scientists collect data from people to address questions of risk perception, epidemiology, preparedness for hazards, and many other questions, and how the wording of the questions to make sure you get the answers you are expecting takes time and testing. In addition, she explains how research involving people must get approved by a human subjects research board that assures that the methods used are ethical.

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Scientific Ethics

This video is one in a series that introduces students to scientific research. You can go to the table of contents to see all of the videos in the series.