Milgram's Ethical Theory

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After reviewing the research and publication ethic principles, a violation of multiple sections seen. Section 8.05 reads, psychologists may dispense with informed consent only (1) where research would not reasonably be assumed to create distress or harm and involves. Participants were indeed placed under stressful conditions during the research. 8.07 concerning Deception states that Psychologists do not deceive prospective participants about research that is reasonably expected to cause physical pain or severe emotional distress. This research went against both ethical principles. The participants agreed on the terms of the experiment and research involved. Volunteers were originally convinced they were simply taking part in an experiment that…show more content…
The teacher figures were unaware during the experiment that the lethal charges they were admitting did not harm the students. The teachers believed they were shocking other participants up to 450 volts of electric shock for answering questions incorrectly. Participants were later assured that their behavior was common and Milgram also followed the sample up a year later and found that there were no signs of any long-term psychological harm. The purpose of Milgram’s study was to prove that even average Americans have the mental capability to torture others when ordered by an authority. Obedience to authority is ingrained in us all from the way we are brought up. If I were to conduct a similar study, I would devise an experiment that looked at obedience through personal values rather than taking commands. I would basically give employees a company card for their vacation bonus, but request they only use the card for food and gas. The study would keep tabs on all of the payments through the card, and by the end we could see what all was spent, and how much individuals would spend when given money they did not own or have to worry about, while on a vacation. They would be debriefed after the study and no harm would be done during or after the
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