One Paragraph — Was the Milgram Experiment ethical? Why or why not?
I believe this experiment was not ethical in most cases because they tricked participants into thinking that they were actually shocking someone and they basically were forcing them to continue even when the participants tried to stop. The reason this is unethical is because in scientific experiments, the participants have a right to know certain information about the experiment. Although it is understandable as to why the experimenters would need to hide this type of information for the kind of results they were aiming for, it is still an unethical act to lie and trick participants. Also, the act of “forcing” their participant to continue with the experiment even when they did not want to was also unethical because in scientific experiments, you are also supposed to allow your participants to withdraw if they want to. Although this experiment was meant to employ giving directions and obedience, the fact that they seemed forced to continue was slightly unethical due to the idea that it was not stated clearly that they could withdraw.
One Paragraph — Was the Zimbardo Experiment ethical? Why or why not?
In comparison the Milgram experiment where I thought that it was mostly unethical but there were exceptions, I do believe this Zimbardo experiment was highly unethical. My main reasoning would be because of the fact that the people who played prisoner, ended up breaking down emotionally and mentally, which damaged them as a human being. That is my main point in this experiment as to why it wouldn’t be ethical. The fact that they continued to do it until an outside perspective was brought in and didn’t approve of it was also kind of scary to think about because the power not only took over the “guards” but it was taking over the experimenters as well because they were so intrigued by this finding of abuse of power. This experiment severely damaged the prisoners psychologically and sometimes physically from the guards, and that is highly unethical.
One Paragraph — Were the findings of the Milgram and Zimbardo experiments worth the risk/damage to the participants? Why or why not?
Even though the Milgram experiment was still an unethical experiment, I do believe we learned a lot from it. On the other hand, the Zimbardo experiment is not something I believe was worth the results founded. I learned about this experiment in high school and to this day whenever it is brought up, it still scares me. This experiment dehumanized its participants, it changed its participants and experimenters into people they shouldn’t be. Even if we learned a lot from this experiment, I don’t think it was worth the psychological and sometimes physical damage it did to its participants.
One Paragraph — If you were a professional sociologist, what would you be interested in researching? Why?
If I was a sociologist I would want to research the mindsets of racism and segregation within the United States. I have always been quite interested in this topic, and even with the recent racist happenings, I still wonder all the time, what makes a person want to be racist to another human being to the point that it causes segregation. I would want to really understand who influenced their thoughts on the topic, why they believe the things they do believe about racism, and why do they continue to actively show their racist thoughts towards others.