After reviewing what is ethical research in Introduction to sociology. I believe that the Milgram experiment can be debatable of ethical practice. The Milgram experiment did not actually cause any physical harm to the victim in that aspect it was ethical. However, the second example of ethical research is “the researcher must get the participant’s informed consent and the participant’s know what the study is about and how the results will be used (Benokraitis 2016)”. However, in the Milgram experiment the participants were misled that the victim was actually being harmed. Lastly, the research was ethical in confidentiality. The Milgram experiment like many other push the boundaries of ethical research.

The Zibardo prison experiment was ethical. None of the participants were harmed in the experiment. The participants have informed consent of the experiment and how it will play out. Lastly, the participant’s information was confidential. Although, the Zibardo prison experiment could have turned dangerous it was in a controlled environment and was stopped when the potential of danger was observed.

The findings that were presented in the Zibardo and Milgram experiment were worth the risk that were taken in the experiment. Both researchers took the necessary steps to prevent actual harm to any of the participants and the information that was provided is astonishing. Lastly, Zibardo stopped his experiment when he believed that actual harm was possible during his research.

If I were a professional sociologist I believe that I would do studies similar to Milgram and Zibardo. Both of these researchers analyzed raw and true emotions of people under different circumstances. I believe it is important to understand to have a clear understand of how people reach to intense situations. Lastly, I believe that in both experiments if there were more restriction put in place on the studies the data collected would not be as raw and realistic.


Benokraitis, N. V. (2016). SOC 4 (4th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.

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