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Although it is clear that deception is a useful practice for conducting research, the question remains whether this kind of deliberate misrepresentation is justified or not. Some argue that deception is never defensible because it betrays the trust that should exist between the researcher and the research participant. Others argue that deception often is the only way to study many important psychological states and that the knowledge gained through the use of deception in research justifies the potential distress. What are your thoughts regarding the use of deception in social psychology research? How would you feel if you participated in social psychological research and learned you were deceived during the study? Why do you think participants in studies that use deception when asked if they knew they purpose of the study indicate that they knew the purpose of the study all along?