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Unformatted text preview: participants should ever be harmed in a study, and if there is a possibility an informed consent is in order. It was unethical for some of the participants to be characterized as to have exhibited “genuine sadistic tendencies” (1/3 of the guards), which could threaten their self image. Deceiving participants is unethical, if deceit is necessary to accurately investigate phenomenon, then participants should be fully informed about experiment and they should have the option of withdrawing their data. For this study deceit could have been viewed as necessary for being able to study the human responses to captivity and its behavioral effects on both authorities and inmates in prison. This is a topic worthy of study, however the unethical conditions the participants had to undergo was not worth the cost....
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2011 for the course COMM 203 taught by Professor Stansburry during the Spring '07 term at University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.
- Spring '07