In the days before human subjects protection…

…researchers used to lock children in fridges.

Using a specially designed enclosure, 201 children 2 to 5 years of age took part in tests in which six devices were used, including two developed in the course of this experiment as the result of observation of behavior. Success in escaping was dependent on the device, a child’s age and size and his behavior. […]

One-third of the children emerged unruffled, about half were upset but could be comforted easily, and a small group (11%) required some help to become calm.

Just 50 short years ago…

Via Crooked Timber

2 thoughts on “In the days before human subjects protection…

  1. “A small group required some help to become calm.” Some immediate help and a LIFETIME OF THERAPY.

  2. How long does it take to recover from experimental educational techniques employed in elementary schools and universities that leave children indoctrinated, illiterate and insensitive to immorality? Personally, I’d rather face the occasional lab experiment than live in one full-time. But we live in an age where lab experiments evoke outrage and politial experiments (like communism and feminism) are urged on us by the wise.