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Ethical Implications Of The Stanford Prison Experiment

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“Ethics is the study of right actions to achieve good outcomes” (Mertens and Ginsberg). It is distinguishing between acceptable and unacceptable behaviour. (Resnik, 2015) No area of life or work is free of ethical dilemmas, and the research is no exception. (McCarthy, 1996) In 1971, the experiment was done by Dr Phillip Zimbardo. His aim was “to investigate how readily people would conform to the roles of guard and prisoner in a role-playing exercise that simulated prison life.”
This report aims to explain an ethical implication of “The Stanford prison experiment”.

Researchers used mostly qualitative methods. Videos, direct observations and interviews were used. The experiment should have least 14 days, however, it had to be stopped just
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