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In 1961 Dr Milgram conducted an experiment that studied obedience With forty participants the subjects came into a lab where they were to obey their instructor when to administer a shock to a victim as punishment The shock generator contained thirty switches ranging from the lowest shock to the highest Little did the subjects know that the victim was actually not getting shocked In fact it was just an actor pretending to be shocked Out of the forty subjects twenty-six of them obeyed all of the instructors commands therefore administering the highest shock However fourteen of them decided they would no longer go through with it As a result the experiment showed that subjects had a hard time of disobeying their experimenter and that this situation put the subjects under tremendous stress After reading Diana Baumrinds Some thoughts on Ethics of Research After Reading Milgrams Behavioral Study of Obedience I was very much swayed that Milgrams experiment was unethical For me I believe Baumrind has three main reasons why she believes his experiment was unethical being Milgram did not fully inform his subjects of serious after-effects the trust between the experimenter and subject was broken and the after treatment didnt seem substantial However after reading Milgrams response back to Baumrind Issues in the Study of Obedience A reply to Baumrind my final decision if I were the person to judge is that the experiment was ethical My reasoning for this is that although Milgram did not fully inform his subjects of the after-effects the participants still came out with a many positive responses I also believe it was ethical because Milgram states that The extreme tension induced in some subjects was unexpected Milgram 1963 Personally I see that as Milgram being truthful and not knowing that this type of stress would occur A final reason I believe this experiment was ethical is because the treatment Milgram provided was successful and showed that they were indeed
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