Milgram's Ethical Experiments

MILGRAM’S RESEARCH 2 Milgram’s Obedience Research A controversial experiment was conducted in 1974 that has sparked conversation in how to conduct an ethical experiment even in today’s society. The experiment is known today as Milgram’s Obedience Research. This is a very known study that is still talked about in classrooms even today. It was the first of its kind and sparked conversation in many departments of study. This experiment is used to not only show students a study of obedience to help better understand how the holocaust occurred, but to also show the gray area of ethical boundaries pushed by Milgram. Because the experiment is …show more content…
“Milgram himself was more interested in demonstrating the phenomenon than in developing a comprehensive theory of obedience, an approach that initially made it difficult for him to publish his findings in the best academic journals” (Burger, 2014, 489). He was trying to explain the significance in obedience, but for the psychological health of the participants, he pushed the line too far. The background of Milgram’s heritage plays a large role in to why the experiment was conducted in the first place. He was trying to explain why the holocaust was able to occur, and to such a large extent. This was a pondering question for most individuals in this time frame, but he decided to study obedience to try to explain the …show more content…
You can see in the facial triggers that most of the participants do not feel positive emotions thinking they are causing harm to a participant. This experiment also violated the ability to withdrawal from an investigation. The participants were able to stop, but the conductor kept telling them that they must continue in the experiment to finish. Participants felt a struggle between what they felt was morally right, and authority depicted by the conductor. They also were deceived because they were under the impression that the learner was not able to leave the study as well. The learner stated that he wanted out, but the participants were to continue in giving him shocks to learn. “From the very start of the investigation, participants must be aware of their right to stop participating in the study. Even at the end of the study the participant has a final opportunity to withdraw the data they have provided for the research” (McLeod, 2007). Some participants then could not finish the study because they wanted to make sure the learner was okay. This was not an easy decision for every participant because they were made to believe that they had to continue. Because this experiment violated these two conditions, the experiment was unethical in today’s

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