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Providing research participants or subjects with a retrospective explanation of the purpose of the investigation, including any deception that may have been involved. The ethical codes of the American Psychological Association, the British Psychological Society, and other professional bodies encourage debriefing wherever possible, although there are research studies in which it is not feasible, in some naturalistic observation studies, for example, in which the research participants are not even aware of having participated. See also dehoaxing.

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