What are the ethics of a virtual Milgram experiment?

University College London (UCL) is looking at conducting–in a virtual world–psychological experiments that no longer take place in the real world. The UCL-led study repeated, in a virtual environment, a classic experiment from the 1960s by social psychologist Stanley Milgram–which found people would administer apparently lethal electric shocks to a stranger at the command of an authority figure–and discovered that participants reacted as though the situation were real.

Read this article from C|Net as well as an overview of the experiment and commentary from Ars.


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