• Choose ONE of the following (Milgram’s shock study; Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment, or
Laud Humphrey’s Tea Room Trade). Identify which study you chose, and explain what aspect(s)
of the study are now considered unethical (according to ASA Research Ethics) and why.
o Note: you can find links to all three of these in the Chapter 1 powerpoint file.
o You should discuss what SPECIFIC ASA ethical guidelines were violated and how they
• How can the study of feral (wild) children on the one hand, and identical twins on the other,
help to clarify the debate over the relative influence of nature versus nurture in the socialization
o Be sure to provide an example of a feral child study and describe the twin studies we
discussed in class before answering the rest of the question. Be sure to discuss how these
studies impact the nature vs nurture debate.
Famous social experiments with questionable ethics:
Stanley Milgram shock experiment:
– Philip Zimbardo Stanford Prison experiment:
– Laud Humphreys – tea room trade:
The study of Humphreys’ research is simply an analysis of sexual conduct portrayed by two or more men in a public restroom. the study mainly focuses on this behaviors by examining all psychological and social reasons related to the issue. The research was conducted by Milgram.
During the research, some aspects were considered unethical by violating some specific ASA guidelines. Milgram employed a scheme of deception. Men involved in sexual act with their fellow male genders included a watch queen who alerted them of any incoming stranger or police car. Milgram acted a s a watch-queen without reviling his mission. At some point, he used tricks to question some people about their social reasons
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