Pitfalls 3-4s



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The following suggestions will help you avoid common pitfalls in the risks
and benefits section.

  • Avoid underestimating risks: a rule of thumb to follow is "if the
    experiment exposes the subject to risks greater than what might be
    expected during the course of a normal day, state it."
  • Do not state that risks are "unknown" because this is
    interpreted as "none." State that "the risks are not known
    at this time" or use another qualifier.
  • Avoid overestimated benefits and lofty statements, such as "the
    betterment of humanity, advancement of science or knowledge."