Friday, January 28, 2011

Blog- 2 Zimbardo/Milgram experiment

Similiarities in these two videos showed authoratative figures giving orders that resulted in obedience by the participants. Also, the rooms where the experiments were conducted were small and secluded which added to an uncomfortable surrounding. When humans feel threaten they are going to respond negatively until they discover the can not control the situation they are placed in. Ramifications of the experiment created fear that changed the emotional expectations of the participants some included wanting to resist the experiment- to feeling that the environment was like being in a real prison.  Similiar to childhood games-someone locks you out or inside a room/closet during a game and you are ready to get out but no one comes to get you a different emotion takes over. In these videos the participants felt trapped and wanted to be released. Ethically, this was not a procedure that someone would carry out because these are not everyday experiences that people encounter. Once participant mentioned (Milgram experiment ) that he had heart problem before the experiment was conducted although, the videos did not show accidents/death this does not mean it could not be a possibility. Other thoughts are that limitations should be placed on experiments where no bodily harm is inflicted to prevent harm. These experiments are successful solely based on authoritativeness subjecting the participants to obedience. If I could conduct an experiment it would be to find what reason students have for not responding to "classroom" participation when asked a question of a professor. However, they finally decide to respond after a classmate participant responds first.

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