Evaluating research into obedience

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Ethical Issues

Deception and lack of informed consent: Milgram deceived his participants by telling them that they were involved in a study of the effects of punishment rather than telling them the true purpose. However he argued that the study would have been meaningless without deception.

Right to withdraw:In Milgram's study it was not clear to what extent participants felt they had the right to withdraw. Milgram claimed that they were free to leave at any time but others argue that the 'prod's from the experimenter made…


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