One of the subjects from the previous class that caught my attention was the section about research ethics. We touched on two different experiments that were run: Little Albert and Milgram’s Obedience studies. Now, it is thought that both studies were unethical to perform. As a person that is interested in the field of healthcare, ethics is a subject that interests me. An ethical issue was brought to my attention at my workplace about a week ago. I work as a microbiologist in a lab. We receive specimen everyday which we set up and do microbial testing for to find out what kind of bacteria the patient has and furthermore the antibiotics and dosage of the antibiotics the doctor can use to treat the patient. The supervisor of the lab came to speak to me about how I was reporting my results. This person told me that unless it was this one specific bacterium, I should not report any other findings. If it was just normal flora, then I would have understood completely. But this person was asking me to ignore bacteria that were very strong/resistant and would not be able to be treated with normal antibiotics. He also wanted me to ignore results that would merit a patient to be isolated from other patients to reduce spread of that bacterium. I thought about this and kept thinking this was not an ethical decision to make. I decided to speak to my supervisor about this, and after being waived off I made another more serious decision. Similar to psychology’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) and APA guidelines, microbiology has guidelines to follow as well. In this state, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is the source of the rules and regulations to follow. I, along with my lead microbiologist who also disagreed with our supervisor, called the IDPH laboratory to seek guidance. We explained the altercation and asked about the ethical solution.
February 1st 2013
The hypothesis of Milgram's study was a depositional view of the German character. known as the Germans are different hypothesis. This hypothesis states that German’s have a character that is know to readiness obey people of high authority regardless of the act they are being asked to do or even where. This lead to a situation that many people had found themselves in. This supposedly…
The Milgram study, conducted in 1961-1962, shocked and fascinated the scientific community with not only its disturbing findings, but also with its questionable experimental methods. The experiment in itself consisted of placing an individual in a situation in which they would be forced to choose either to obey or disobey commands given by an authoritative person that were contrary to their own morals, sense of socially acceptable behaviour and humanity. This essay will concentrate on whether the…
• Outline Milgram’s obedience study work.
• Explain how the findings can help prepare trainee police officers for working within the community.
• Explain why the work of Milgram relates to trainee police officers working with the public in the community.
Stanley Milgram was a psychologist. After the Second World War he sought to find out how ordinary people could commit extraordinary acts of violence. He conducted obedience studies to see how far participants would go in…
The Milgram Experiment
The Milgram Study is a study of social obedience and human interaction with authority figures and conformity. The study began in July of 1961, and was conducted by Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram. The date the experiment began hold some historical significance – it is three months after the trial of German Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann began. As stated, the experiment was to study the interactions humans have with authority figures, but the trial inspired…
The Controversy of Obedience
A classic experiment on the natural obedience of individuals was designed and tested by a Yale psychologist, Stanley Milgram. The test forced participants to either go against their morals or violate authority. For the experiment, two people would come into the lab after being told they were testing memory loss, though only one of them was actually being tested. The unaware individual, called the “teacher” would sit in a separate room, administering memory related…
RESEARCH ON STANLEY MILGRAM
One of the most famous studies of obedience in psychology was carried out by Stanley Milgram (1963).
Stanley Milgram, a psychologist at Yale University, conducted an experiment focusing on the conflict between obedience to authority and personal conscience.
Milgram (1963) wanted to investigate whether Germans were particularly obedient to authority figures as this was a common explanation for the Nazi killings in World War II.
He examined justifications for acts of genocide…
From Milgram to Abu Ghraib
The prisoner abuses at Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq have been compared to a number of studies on the lessons in depravity, peer pressure, and the power of authority. The question to be asked is whether the abuse should be explained as expected behavior or deviant behavior. A number of famous experiments by highly respected researchers in the United States have provided some interesting material for the future court martial proceedings one such example is the Milgram Experiment…
Ethics in the Name of Science: A detailed Comparison Between Milgram and Zimbardo’s Internationally Renowned Attempts at Ethics in Social Science Experiments
SO220 Ethical Issues in Social Science
2 October 2011
For years many experiments have been scrutinized for their ineffective use or lack of establishment of ethical principles within their research. Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment and Milgram’s Obedience experiment…
The Obedience to Authority Experiment of Stanley Milgram is one of the most studied experiments in American history due to its wide-ranging social implications. The study gained popular attention because it aimed to provide some insight as to why the Holocaust had escalated in such a way. The study was designed around testing the degree of inflicted pain strangers would give to others, under orders by an experimenter. Not only did the study defy what others predict would happen, but it clearly…
Key Features & Assumptions
Social psychology is the study of how social conditions affect human beings. It's the scientific study of how people think about, influence and relate to one another in varied situations. Social psychological topics include: prejudice, discrimination, obedience, gender, culture, aggression and more.
1. The effect of interaction between individuals
In some situations, we may give up a degree of our free will and do things that we don't necessarily want to do and…