For the remainder of this week, you will be watching the movie Experimenter, an independent biographical film about the life and career of experimental psychologist Dr. Stanley Milgram, who conceived of an infamous Obedience Experiment in the wake of the Nuremberg War Criminal Trials after WWII.
On Monday of next week, you’ll be asked to use the movie and the articles below to inform a conversation about experimental ethics. You will be assigned a side at the start of the movie, defending one of these two statements:
- For some experiments, it is okay to lie to subjects in the name of proper experimental design and to preserve the integrity of what is being tested.
- It is never okay to lie to subjects in an experiment, regardless of what is being tested.
The discussion on Monday will be highly structured. Please read over the Ethics Discussion Guidelines for details. Also, by Monday, read over the following three articles for some more examples that may be useful for your stance.