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Psychological research, obedience and ethics
Psychological research, obedience and ethics

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2.5 Summary

  • Psychologists have a duty of care towards participants and must ensure that their wellbeing is preserved throughout a study.
  • Participants must be asked to give informed consent before taking part in research and have a right to withdraw at any point.
  • Milgram’s obedience studies kick-started an ethics debate in psychology and highlighted the need for the development of more stringent guidelines for the conduct of research psychologists.
  • Although Milgram’s obedience study was judged to be ethical at the time of publication, it would be in violation of the strict ethics guidelines in place today.