After completing the assigned readings and watching the provided video links, review the following classic psychological experiments:
- Johnson’s Monster Study
- Loftus, E.F. (1999). Lost in the Mail: Misrepresentations and Misunderstandings. Ethics & Behavior, 9(1), 51.
- Milgram’s Obedience Experiment
- Watson’s Little Albert Experiment
- Zimbardo’s Stanford Prisoner Experiment
After you have become familiar with these five classic studies, select one. Using headers to organize your paper, answer the following questions:
- Scientific Merit / Knowledge Gained.
- What are the benefits of this study (to society, research, or subjects)?
- What are the practical implications (i.e., real-world applications of the findings)?
- What are likely consequences to society if this study had not been conducted?
- What were the potential psychological costs of this study?
- Were the research participants in the study at risk for psychological injury?
- Could this type of research have been conducted without the use of deception?
- Do you feel the use of deception was justified given the potential cost to participants?
- If you were a member of a human subjects’ Institutional Review Board, would you approve the research described in the article?
- Do you feel that the contributions of this study outweigh the costs?
- Would you have minded if you discovered you participated in that study?
- Would you want to (or be willing to) participate as a research assistant for this study?
- Risk of Psychological Injury.
- Research experience.
Be sure to incorporate information from the Fisher text as well as include information from at least two academic journals discussing the ethics of the experiment.
Length: 3-5 pages