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Lecture 3

PSYB01H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Moral Imperative, Milgram Experiment, Meteorology

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Yoel Inbar

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Week 4 Lecture #3 Monday, June 01, 2015
-“GIRL NEXT DOOR: The diminutive girl with the broad grin who dreamed of becoming a
storm-chasing meteorologist has become the face of the abuse scandal. A clerk at Abu Ghraib,
she was assigned to fingerprint and process prisoners” (Time Magazine, May 14, 2004)
Pointing Fingers
“Are those charged with abuse a few bad apples, or are they just like the rest of us?”
(Wallace, C., Time Magazine (May 2004) )
“The top brass says the scandal at Abu Ghraib can be blamed on a few bad apples, but
did the Pentagon's zealous pursuit of intelligence give a license for abuse?”
(McCreary, J., Time Magazine (May 2004) )
How Might We Answer the Question?
Basic or applied research?
Can you think of a way to answer the question using the other type?
- Can we answer question using results of only one study? Why or why not???
What do you think?????
(Before and after watching film)
Clear that exp’t an important one
Yetis it ethical??
- How do we determine this?
Participants became part of elaborate stage of events
Deception=Active misrepresentation of information
How does the Milgram study illustrate this concept?
Ethical Considerations
Is it okay to use deception in 2014?
Ethical Guidelines
Tri-Council Policy Statement (2010)Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans
(Medical Research Council of Canada; National Sciences and Engineering Research
Council; Social Science and Humanities Research Council)
Tri-Council Policy objects to use of deceit
Objects to using humans as means (objects or things)
Moral imperative for respect for human dignity
Welfare and integrity of subjects paramount
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