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Milgrams experiment is not very ethical when compared to the BPS guidelines Consent Milgrams subjects did have to consent to the experiment but they werent given enough knowledge to make an informed decision about it As far as the subject was aware they were standing in for Milgrams partner and were taking the role as his assistant In actual fact Milgrams partner was the person being shocked and great deception was used from the outset Deception Deception was widely used in Milgrams experiment Right from the start the subject was deceived by the motives of Milgrams experiment It is not an experiment on the affect of electric shocks on learning it was an experiment aiming to see how far the subject would be willing to go when instructed by an authoritative figure During the experiment Milgrams assistant was never being shocked but the subject was deceived into believing that the shock was really being given Although the debrief did explain what really happened deception was still widely used Debriefing Milgram did give his subjects a full debriefing about the study so the subjects were aware of what they had taken part in This is still quite unethical because had the subject had the knowledge offered in the debrief prior to giving consent they may have had a different opinion Withdrawal from the Investigation The subjects were pressured into continuing the experiment even when showing discomfort in what they were asked to carry out The subject could have probably withdrew if they really wanted to but Milgram tried to pressure the subject into continuing the experiment Protection of Participants Some of the subjects could have been under intense psychological pressure when asked to carry out electric shocks on Milgrams assistant Although the subject would have been told in the debrief that there were no shocked admitted it could still adversely affect the subject because of the thoughts that they were willing
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