Asch 's Conformity Experiment Displayed Greater Ethical Standards Than Elliott 's Blue Eye

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Asch’s conformity experiment displayed greater ethical standards than Elliott’s blue-eye, brown-eye case study. Ethics outlines the ‘rights’ and ‘wrongs’ in the conduction of a social experiment, implementing practices that all psychologists must follow (Smith 2003). As a result of the constant revision of ethics, outdated experiments are now seen as unethical with risks to a participant’s wellbeing, incorporating harm, deception, falsified consent and forced participation. Subsequently, unethical procedures were performed in both Asch’s conformity experiment and Elliot’s brown-eye, blue-eye case study while some may have been considered ethical at the time.
Scientific ethics defines the obligations and expectations of all scientists and their methodology, forming the basic justices of psychological experiments. These ethics are based on the rights and freedoms of participants in a study or examination. Considerations in the code of ethics are the concepts of autonomy (freedom), nonmaleficence and beneficence (Beauchamp & Childress 1989), defined as the “obligation to help others” (Seedhouse, 1998) which includes preventing harm and assertion of benefits. Derived from these have come principles of respect for dignity (incorporating legalities and the basic rights to freedom and opportunity), integrity (of the researcher) and propriety (incorporates competence of the researcher and the protection of the participants) (Australian Psychological Society 2007, p.…

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