The Importance Of Ethical Research

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Ethical research is the foundation of moral understanding in human psychology. Research that does not compromise the morals or values of researchers, participants, and anyone involved is considered ethical research. Ethical research also ensures participant’s physical, mental and emotional health remain stable during and after their participation in a research study. There have been many studies whose ethics have been questioned. The Milgram Experiment is an example of an unethical research study where participants were lied to and forced to jeopardized their morals in order to prove a hypothesis. The Stanford Prison Experiment is another experiment that defies ethical research standards.
The Stanford Prison Experiment was a 1971 study conducted by Professor Phillip Zimbarbo from Stanford University. Participants were students of the University who volunteered in exchange for a daily stipend. Male college students responded to a newspaper ad to take part in “a psychological study of prison life,” to be paid $15 a day for a study to last for 1 to 2 weeks (Carnahan & Mcfarland, 2007). Participants were randomly assigned roles of prisoner o guard. The experiment fully immersed participants and researchers into the study. Those involved became so submerged in the study that an intended two-week study was terminated after six days “because too many normal young men were behaving pathologically as powerless prisoners or as sadistic, all-powerful guards” (Carnahan & Mcfarland,
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