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Bonnie McAvoy Comm. 250: Research Methods Stanford Prison Experiment Essay Stanford Prison Experiment Unethical Aspects The Stanford Prison Experiment could be considered ethical in some aspects, but completely unethical in most. It could be considered ethical in the matter of getting volunteers for the study. They put out newspaper ads calling in volunteers for a “study of the psychological effects of prison life.” Even though the participants were told that they would be studying the psychological effects of prison life, they were not told to the full extent of what they would be enduring, this means some deceit was involved. The volunteers were never given a full understanding of possible risks involved. The participants were offered $15 dollars a day to participate in the study. It was completely unethical for the subjects to be harmed psychologically and treated inhumane, no
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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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