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Monkey Drug Trials 1969

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Alyssa Pearl Pedroso

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Transcript of Monkey Drug Trials 1969

Monkey Drug Trials 1969
Seven Steps of Research Method
Seven Steps of Research Method
Presented By:
Natasha Popovic
Janet Nguyen
Alyssa Pearl Pedroso
Participant’s Rights

They were harming animals by letting them suffer from the side effects of drugs. Basically, they were abusing animals. Animal abuse is very unethical. This experiment had breached the ‘Code of Ethics’ - specifically, the Participant’s Rights.
This experiment has breached ‘Code of Ethics’, in more than one way such as:
Informed Consent

There must have been a representative chosen to speak on behalf of the animals that would be used for the experiment. Because animals could not communicate to humans verbally, they were unable to decide for themselves, thus violating one of the ‘Code of Ethics’ – the Informed Consent.

Monkey Drug Trials 1969
Monkey Drug Trials were experiments conducted in 1969 that involved monkeys and rats injecting themselves with a different kinds of drugs. This was done in order to investigate the effects of drugs and the addiction caused by it.
The animals in this experiment were not given the freedom to withdraw from participating. The researchers have violated another code which was Withdrawal.
The monkeys (and rats) were not debriefed about the experiment or aware about the risks, due to the fact that they can’t understand verbally. However, the researchers could have gotten a representative for the animals
Research Topic:
The aim of the Monkey Drug Trials experiment in 1969 was to investigate on the effects of drugs and the addiction to it.
The researchers were trying to prove that drugs are very addictive and its side effects areharmful.
Research Method
A large group of monkeys and rats were trained for self-injection.
The researchers gave them a large supply of wide range of drugs, including: morphine, alcohol, codeine, cocaine and amphetamines.
The test subjects would inject these drugs. They would sometimes combine two of the drugs like cocaine and morphine.
Data Collecting
The researchers would observe the behaviour of the test subjects after they injected themselves with drugs.
The side effects shown by the test subjects were: ripping off their own fingers (due to having hallucinations), break their arms, experience convulsions and addiction.
Test subjects with cocaine and morphine injected simultaneously died within two weeks.
Drugs are very addictive.
The negative side effects are: hallucinations and convulsions. Some would also become emotionally unstable.
Too much drugs could also lead to death.
Report of Findings
The Monkey Drug Trials 1969 experiment’s aim was to investigate on the side effects of drugs. The hypothesis was supported as the monkeys and the rats clearly displayed the side effects after injecting themselves with different drugs. The experiment was conducted by using a large of group of monkeys and rats as test subjects and training them for self-injection.
Psychology In Action: Second Edition
Youtube videos
For the experiment it was unnecessary to use monkeys as test subjects. To make this experiment ethical, case studies could be used in order to investigate about drugs. Animals wouldn't be harmed if this method is used. Hospitals have medical records of drugs users, which would be helpful when collecting data.
Case Study: Amphetamines in 1969
Monkey Abuse - Medical Experiments
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