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COM 318 26-Oct-09 A modern-day re-enactment www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6GxIuljT3w Other factors that are relevant Physical Proximity o When the learner was in the same room (test subject and person being “electrocuted), obedience level dropped to 40% Personal Responsibility o When assured the experimenters were responsible, the “teacher” (research subject) continued o Later experiments had subjects acting as observer and gave them responsibility for outcomes. Under these conditions, they stopped the experiment when the “learner” gave negative reactions to the shock. Rebellion o When we see others rebel, we are less likely to go along with authority Other people will start to speak up about what’s on their mind
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Unformatted text preview: What are the ethics of this type of research? • Subjects were reduced to “twitching, stuttering wrecks.” • Milgram debriefed, included a friendly reconciliation meeting between teacher and learner so that subject could see that the person wasn’t harmed • Follow-up survey showed that 85% would be willing to participate in future experiments • However, participants were deceived and were led to believe that they injured another person, which may have caused damage to their sense of self. • This type of research can no longer be done in the U.S. Some symbols of authority • Titles COM 318 26-Oct-09 o Lab coats/uniforms give illusion of titles o Clip: Toxic Sludge, Chapter 5...
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This note was uploaded on 04/11/2011 for the course COM 310 taught by Professor Susanmorgan during the Fall '09 term at BYU.

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