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Murray, T. H. (1980). Learning to deceive. In K. D. Pimple (Ed.), Research Ethics (pp. 367–370). Ashgate. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9781315244426-36/learning-deceive-thomas-murray


The history of social psychology offers some clues as to how it reached its stance on laboratory work. The widely acknowledged founder of experimental social psychology was Kurt Lewin, whose career spanned the twenties to the fifties. His famous adage, "There is nothing so practical as a good theory," soon came to be translated into something more like "Take care of theory and practical matters will take care of themselves." The deception researcher's personal dilemma is this: either one successfully dissociates the carefully crafted manipulative-ness that characterizes the relationship with research subjects from relationships with people outside the laboratory, or one does not. People should worry about the impact of inauthentic relationship on the subject, and about the researcher's learning to systematically shut off ethically central aspects of his or her personality learning to lie with a completely straight face and clear conscience.