A clip from the classic obedience studies conducted by Stanley Milgram. If you haven’t studied this experiment already on your psychology course, you can pretty much guarantee that you will at some point.
The studies are controversial because of ethical concerns: Did Milgram do enough to look after his participants? The conventional argument is no, he did not, mainly because he deceived his participants and this was morally wrong. He didn’t tell them what the study was about, they thought they’d harmed someone and so on….
But there’s another point of view that says something along the lines of :‘Y’know what?, maybe this is something psychological thinkers and writers worry about, whereas the people actually involved in the studies really aren’t that bothered. In fact, if anything they enjoy being deceived and feel they learn more from such studies’…
What do you think?