Question: What is a pseudonym in psychology?

A pseudonym (literally, false name) is a name that a person (or, sometimes, a group) assumes for a particular purpose and that differs from his or her original orthonym (or true name).

What are pseudonyms in research?

A pseudonym is a fictional name assigned to give anonymity to a person, group, or place. Pseudonyms are very useful for research in sensitive topics, particularly with regard to deviant or criminal behavior. When pseudonyms are used, it is important that this be clearly identified in any dissemination of findings.

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