Saturday, April 10, 2010

Little Albert and other famous experiments

I have been delighted to see that someone has thought it appropriate to bring to public attention psychological experiments that are famous in showing some aspect of human behaviour. Little Albert is the experiment that is relevant to my case before the General Medical Council and so is Milgram's. I objected to the wearing of religious uniforms when working with mentally ill people some of whom would have suffered abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy. Nobody listened, patients died, Health Secretaries resigned or were sacked and UK government like in Milgram's experiment remained a servant of Catholic church authority. Mentally ill people in UK are still exposed to the religious uniforms as per government policy makers who refused to specify that religious uniforms are not to be worn when working with mentally ill despite the fact that doctors and nurses working with mentally ill know that no uniforms should be worn at all.
To see the experiments click here.
The real photo of Little Albert is the experiment in which it is human being who is the subject of the experiment and not the rat. Little Albert who had no fear of rats or dogs or monkeys or even fire learned to fear when showing the rat to him was coupled with a loud noise. The fear generalized to other things including artificial fur and of course, the rat.
So, children raped by priests (mainly boys) grew up fearing many things in their life including living itself and some committed suicides. Others lived miserably and missed on many things.
Today, British government is spending 15 million pounds on Pope's visit when 8.16 million of British people are unemployed, and local authorities are at a loss how to meet their duties to the poor.
The estimated number of raped men by Catholic clergy is now, at around one million and thousands of priests have been exposed as paedophiles around the world.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Interesting link thanks.

I found this site via various NHS blogs.

I'm surprised the 7 doesn't include Milton Rokeach's famous "Three christs of Ypsilanti" case which he later acknowledged was problematic.

Essentially, he stuck three patients who all claimed to be christ together and allowed them to confront each other's lie, then 'taunted' them in a wide range a ways including via faked letters. A fascinating concept, but cruelly implemented.