Friday, August 31, 2007

Experiment Locations- Reply to James Neill

Albert Bandura was born in Canada but moved to the United States, where in 1953 he started working at the Stanford University in California and later conducted his Bobo doll experiment in 1961.

Kenneth Clark was born in the Panama Cancal Zone and migrated to the United States to live in New York City. He conducted the doll test with his wife in 1940, at this time he had just received a Ph.D in psychology from Columbia University.

Stanley Milgram was born in New York in 1933, where he was a student and worked at several universities including; Harvard University, Yale University and the Graduate Center of the City University. He conducted his ‘lost letter’ experiment in 1977, and was still living in New York.

Muzafer Sherif was born in Turkey in 1906. He obtained his Master’s Degree in 1928 at Istanbul University and continued studying at the Harvard University in 1929. Sherif conducted his famous ‘Robbers Cave’ experiment in 1961 at the Boy Scots of America Camp held on the Robbers Cave State Park in Oklahoma.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Classic Experiments Table

Table 1
Key Elements of Four Classic Social Psychology Experiments

Kiri Davis ‘A girl like me’

This is a modern experiment based on Clark & Clark's 1940s 'Doll test,' created by 17-year-old Kiri Davis. 'It's about how European features - especially light skin and straight hair - are still perceived as more attractive than African features and the effect on black girls. The movie contains an extraordinary sequence in which African-American children are asked to choose between black and white dolls. '

Monday, August 13, 2007

Unethical Psychological Experiments

I was just searching the web for some of the classic studies for topic 3 , and came across the 'Russian Baby Experiment.' This is a section from the website...

'The theory argued that human infants are not only dependent on it's mother for food and protection but equally important is their touch and presence. Absent of the latter two, it was theorized that human babies would not be able to survive. To test this theory, scientist took babies and completely cut them off from any form of human contact. They made sure that the babies were fed and kept warm. They wanted everything that a baby needed to be taken care of without any human contact. The results were suprising. One by one, the babies passed away.'

The author is not 100% sure if this experiment was acutally conducted, however if it was it obviously unethical but also very cruel. Has anyone else heard of any other experiments like this?

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