10 Famous Psychological Experiments That Could Never Happen Today
Nowadays, the American Psychological Association has a Code of Conduct in place when it comes to ethics in psychological experiments. Experimenters must adhere to various rules pertaining to everything from confidentiality to consent to overall beneficence. Review boards are in place to enforce these ethics. But the standards were not always so strict, which is how some of the most famous studies in psychology came about. 1. The Little Albert Experiment At Johns Hopkins University in 1920, John B. Watson tested classical conditioning on a 9-month-old baby he called Albert B. 2. Solomon Asch tested conformity at Swarthmore College in 1951 by putting a participant in a group of people whose task was to match line lengths. Thirty-seven of the 50 participants agreed with the incorrect group despite physical evidence to the contrary. 3. Some psychological experiments that were designed to test the bystander effect are considered unethical by today’s standards. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
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