Monday, April 22, 2019

MediaResearch: Research Ethics: Tuskegee, Lacks, Milgram & Zimbardo (W15-P3) Sp19

Research ethics are the moral principles and rules that guide a researcher’s actions.

Why talk about research ethics?  What is the need?

To answer that question, let's look at some important research studies from the past.
When watching these clips ask yourself what ethical concerns are raised in doing this research.

1) Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment

2) The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

3 & 4) Milgram's Authority Study & The Stanford Prison Experiment
(Watch from 0:00 to about 6:30)

What are the ethical concerns with the research that Milgram and Zimbardo did? Would you feel comfortable doing this research? Would such research be allowed today?

O.K., now that you have some knowledge of these past experiments do you have an answer to the questions asked earlier?  Why talk about research ethics?  What is the need?

If you are curious, there are some recent films and documentaries about some of these above examples of research misconduct.

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