Little Albert Evaluation

Evaluation of little Albert experiment
Gender Bias
  * There is a gender bias because it was only tested on a boy.
  * This study is involving men all throughout, no woman is mentioned.
  * This affects the experiment as girls may react differently as their instincts could be different to a boy.
  * This means that the results could change such as the young grl not fearing the rat even though the noise struck.
  * The theory has been reduction however is not too simplistic. It does make theory easier to understand because you can see the steps that have been taken to condition fear.
  * Albert could simply be in a bad mood/uncomfortable on the seat and this I why he is acting in such a way. This means the results would be irrelevant.
Ethical Issues
  * Ethical issues such as traumatising a child and human rights gone against could be linked to this experiment as there was no permission granted and the child might simply not want to be distressed as any other person wouldn’t want to be.
  * This is socially sensitive as people wouldn’t agree with this in modern terms as the albert has rights to choose if he wants to be conducted into the experiment or not and as he is a young boy he has no self-awareness to choose if he wants to or not.
  * This could affect society by making them feel some emotions including: anger, empathy and possibly confusion to why someone would want to put a child through distress and fear.
Nature vs nurture
  * This experiment doesn’t support nature as it is all through behaviour that is learnt not through behaviour that is within your genes or that you were born with.
  * There is evidence that the behaviour was learnt and albert was not born with this as when he was first introduced he wanted to play with the animal by the end fear was clearly seen through screaming and distress towards the presence of the animal.
Determination vs Free Will
  * This theory is deterministic as there is...