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Running head: MILGRAM’SBEHAVIORAL STUDY OF OBEDIENCE1Milgram’sBehavioral study of obedienceStudent’s Name:Institutional Affiliation:
MILGRAM’SBEHAVIORAL STUDY OF OBEDIENCE2Milgram’sBehavioral Study of ObedienceThe obedience research case study carried out by Milgram is best recognized forportraying some ethical issues for its results. The research experiment does not only entail theexecution of ethical controversies on how Milgram conducted the experiment but also on theresearch itself. The story of obedience research was crafted and edited in order to portray aspecific view of Milgram as a person and his ethical practices(Milgram, 1963). From variouspublished accounts which are in public domains, there are myriad discrepancies concerning theobedience research experiment by Milgram. Therefore, this paper will discuss some of the ethicalissues with deception and debriefing as two major ethical issues in the experiment and how theywere violated in regard to today’s ethical principles. Additionally, this paper will highlight onsome of thechanges to research procedures that could be implemented to alleviate theaforementioned ethical concerns.Most likely, behavioral study to obedience is the most research study believed to haveinvolved deception whereby participants believed that they were being recruited to take part in alearning experiment. Having performed in early 1960s after the Second World War, theexperiment’s objective was to investigate obedience to the authority. In Milgram’s experiment,the experimenter was the authority figure who assigned participant and confederate as theteacher and learner respectively. The experimenter was tasked to read out word pairings to theirpartners and experimentees attached to a generator in an adjacent room (Milgram, 1963).As the first ethical issue, the degree of deception is fairly high because the participants were notadequately given clear explanations on what the experiment entails and risks associated with theexperiment. With deception, participants believed they were causing physical harm to otherindividuals while not knowing they were just harming themselves. Many participants were

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