NIH Guide: HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH ON ALCOHOLtopics including, but not limited to: the nature, causes, consequences,Diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of alcohol abuse and alcoholism; and in.: informed consent: disclosure and deception; deception (debriefing, illusions)case type: decision makinga “modest” research proposal on alcohol experimentationpurposecrime statistics consistently reveal a relationship between aggressive behavior and alcohol consumption.
Research Proposalexperimental design that can address these important questions is referred to as the “balanced-placebo” design, where an alcoholic or nonalcoholic beverage is administered to subjects in one of four different manners (beverage conditions):subjects are told they will be receiving alcohol (vodka and tonic) and actually receive the alcohol (expectancy and pharmacologic effect).: a “modest” research proposal on alcohol experimentationauthor: peter finn, in research ethics: cases and materials, edited by robin levin penslar, indiana university press, 1995description:researchers want to examine the relative contributions of the pharmacological effects of alcohol and the belief that one has consumed alcohol on aggressive behavior in a controlled experiment.
the design of the experiment, outlined below, will enable us to test the following hypotheses:the belief that one has consumed alcohol may lead to increased aggression, regardless of whether the individual actually has consumed alcohol (referred to as an expectancy effect). prior to participation in the actual experiment, all subjects will read and sign a consent form outlining the procedures of the experiment, will have their ages verified (a staff person will examine the two pieces of identification), and will complete a standardized questionnaire that will further screen for the presence of alcohol abuse.
an article in nih applications, proposals, and progress reports that. a relatively large body of data indicates that many of alcohol’s psychosocial effects are mediated by the person’s belief (expectancy) that he or she has consumed alcohol rather than by the pharmacological effects of the drug per se.