To prepare for this part of the forum, first watch the documentary A Class Divided at 

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/divided/

 

Although this “Blue Eyes – Brown Eyes Experiment” featured in this video is considered today to be of great importance in terms of what it reveals about human propensity for prejudice and discrimination as evidenced by the behavior of the documentary’s elementary school children, but the experiment is also controversial because it not only placed children in psychologically distressful situations but did so without the permission of parents or other adult guardians.  Today, it could not be conducted as it was back in the 1960s. 

 

For this discussion, think about an study that you have read or viewed a video about during previous course weeks that you feel also raises serious ethical concerns. Do you think that study should have been performed? That is, does the knowledge gained from this study justify the deception or discomfort experienced by the subjects? If the experiment’s negative impact on subjects was only temporary, does this fact diminish the ethical problems to an acceptable level in your opinion? What standards of ethics would you follow if you were a researcher?

 

 

 

 

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