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Paul Brown 101000 Methods pp3 The most famous experiment Milgram conducted was also his most controversial The issue dealt with the peoples right to know on what heshe is being studied On the surface the experiment looked legit and totally scientific Two people were brought in at a time and each would draw from a hat One would be the teacher one the learner After going over exactly how the shock treatment worked the teacher went to his control panel and the learner was hooked up to electrodes The teacher would first read lists of paired words then asked the learner to pair up the now separated words For each wrong answer an increasing dose of electricity was given In reality there was only one volunteer brought in at a time The learner was one of the scientists and was not getting shocked at all Actually for the entire experiment a prerecorded audio tape was used for the voice of the learner The experiment was not studying the effect of electrical shock on learning but really how the teacher would react to an authoritative figures requests to continue In this case the teacher was to be convinced that as he continued the learners health was increasingly compromised Towards the end of the experiment the learner stopped pleading or making any noise at all implying that he had passed out or maybe died The results of the experiment helped researchers explain such things as why or how Nazi officers and soldiers continued the horrible treatment of the people of Europe in concentration camps during WWII Although experiments like this provide valuable information the question was it ethical is raised To answer this we must examine the necessity
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