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If a question must be answered that has significant negative psychological impact on the subject, such as in the Stanford prison study, is it more ethical to use human or animal subjects?

  • psy326 -

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    It depends on whose ethics you are using. The value of the knowledge gained from the study needs to be balanced with the potential harm to the subjects. Animal lovers might disagree with Ms.Sue's response, seeing many studies as animal cruelty.

    Also, I doubt if you could get any results from animals that could simulate the responses of humans in Zimbardo's Stanford Prison Study.

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