For centuries people have been interested in the complex brain capacity and have done all sorts of experiments to find out its secrets.
Psychologists started to make all sorts of experiments, some of them that led to great discoveries, but some of them were quite terrifying if we take a look back in the last centuries.
The most shocking experiments over the last centuries
Over last centuries, scientists started to experiment over the human brain to find out its mysteries. Let’s see some of the most shocking and most famous experiments that took place:
- The Stanford experiment
It took place in 1971 and had the purpose to analyze the behavior of people in a particular situation. In the experiment, participated 2 groups of male students that had to behave like prisoner and guards.
Even if the experiment was supposed to last 2 weeks, it ended sooner because of the guards that started to be aggressive or even sadistic and the prisoners started to be humble.
- The case of David Reimer
The experiment took place in 1965, and had 2 baby twins as subjects. The purpose of the experiment was to change the sex of the babies.
One year after their birth, one of the babies was subjected to a circumcision operation that ended bad.
He got an infection and lost his penis. Then, the doctor suggested making a castration to the baby and see how the sexual identity of the baby would change, in addition to his brother’s. So the little baby became a girl and was raised to act like girl.
When he had found the truth, he made an operation to rebuild his penis, but despite this fact, he committed suicide at the age of 38.
- The monster experiment
In the 1930s, embarrassment was considered a genetic disorder, so scientists decided to make the monster experiment.
In this experiment, a group of children, ten of them embarrassed, were divided into two sets. Both groups were working with a logoped, the difference being that one of the logopeds praised any progress of the children, while the second did not forgive any mistake.