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Did Little Albert's mother gave consent?

Last Updated: 27th April, 2021

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Firstly, Little Albert was only nine months when he carried out this experiment. This could be seen as unethical for he could not give consent himself. His mother did give consent, however, she was very poor and Watson and Rayner did give her money to give consent.

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In respect to this, what happened to Little Albert after the experiment?

What's more, a comparison of a picture of Albert with Douglas' portrait revealed facial similarities. Sadly, the team also discovered that Douglas died at age 6 of acquired hydrocephalus, and was unable to determine if Douglas' fear of furry objects persisted after he left Hopkins.

Beside above, what did we learn from the Little Albert experiment? Little Albert Experiment. The Little Albert Experiment demonstrated that classical conditioning—the association of a particular stimulus or behavior with an unrelated stimulus or behavior—works in human beings. In this experiment, a previously unafraid baby was conditioned to become afraid of a rat.

Likewise, people ask, what was unethical about the Little Albert experiment?

The Little Albert Experiment. By today's standards in psychology, the experiment would not be allowed because of ethical violations, namely the lack of informed consent from the subject or his parents and the prime principle of “do no harm”.

Did Little Albert died from the experiment?

In 2012, a group of American researchers led by Alan Fridlund and Hal Beck announced that they had uncovered new evidence that shows “Little Albert” is likely Douglas Merritte, a neurologically impaired baby who died shortly after the study.

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What was Little Albert's real name?

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How long was the Little Albert experiment?

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Is the Little Albert experiment ethical?

according to today's ethical standards, the nature of the study itself would be considered unethical, as it did not protect Albert from psychological harm, because its purpose was to induce a state of fear. Many sources claim that Little Albert was used as a subject in the study without the permission of his mother.

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What happened after Watson classically conditioned Little Albert to fear a white rat?

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Why was the Little Albert experiment conducted?

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Where was the Little Albert experiment conducted?

Johns Hopkins University Hospital

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How did Little Albert's response become generalized?

Albert's response became generalized because during the experiment, the unconditioned stimulus was striking the metal bar only when he touched the rat, which is furry and round.

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Was deception used in the Little Albert experiment?

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What is an example of classical conditioning?

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What is unconditioned stimulus?

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What is the ethical problem with Watson's famous experiment with Little Albert and the rat?

The first major ethical concern we encountered in this exam period was that of Watson and his “Little Albert” study. The modern code of ethics denounces evoking fear responses from human participants, unless the participant has been made aware of and consented beforehand.

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Who developed behaviorism theory?

Radical behaviorism was founded by B.F Skinner and agreed with the assumption of methodological behaviorism that the goal of psychology should be to predict and control behavior.

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What happened to Little Albert?

What's more, a comparison of a picture of Albert with Douglas' portrait revealed facial similarities. Sadly, the team also discovered that Douglas died at age 6 of acquired hydrocephalus, and was unable to determine if Douglas' fear of furry objects persisted after he left Hopkins.

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What was the unconditioned stimulus in the Little Albert experiment?

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What happened in the Little Albert experiment?

The Little Albert Experiment demonstrated that classical conditioning—the association of a particular stimulus or behavior with an unrelated stimulus or behavior—works in human beings. In this experiment, a previously unafraid baby was conditioned to become afraid of a rat.

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How was little Albert chosen?

The aim of Watson and Rayner was to condition a phobia in an emotionally stable child. For this study they chose a nine-month old infant from a hospital referred to as "Albert" for the experiment. For the experiment proper, Albert was put on a mattress on a table in the middle of a room.

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How did little Albert get hydrocephalus?

According to the official story, Merritte had died in 1925 after contracting hydrocephalus as the result of a bout of meningitis in 1922. That didn't ring true to Fridlund. If Merritte had meningitis severe enough to cause hydrocephalus, he believed, it's doubtful the child would have survived it for so long.