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ERIC Number: EJ859794
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0003-066X
Milgram, Stress Research, and the Institutional Review Board
Masters, Kevin S.
American Psychologist, v64 n7 p621-622 Oct 2009
Comments on a recent attempted replication of the Milgram studies (Burger, January 2009). Over the last 20 years when lecturing to undergraduates, the author found that the students consistently and vehemently denied that similar results would be obtained "today." They would note how much more independent individuals are now, how authority is not valued to the same extent that it was in the past, and so forth. Of course in the 1960s experts said the same things. No one predicted what happened then, and he doubts that many would have predicted what Burger (2009) found now. The author's comments, with one exception, are directed toward broader issues of the research enterprise relevant to concerns touched off by Milgram and subsequent practices of institutional review boards (IRBs).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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