Stanford Prison Experiment: A ‘Worst Case Scenario’
An experiment in human rights, drugs, and the afterlife has been cancelled after the State Government warned of “significant” consequences.
Stanford Prison Experiment was to have been a 30-day program run by the University of California, Los Angeles, and its director, Dr. Robert A. Calhoun, a former senior researcher at the University and now a professor at the Department of Psychiatry at the university.
The first two weeks of the program were to be led by Dr. Calhelks graduate students, and included a “research project” with participants from across the US and Canada.
In the second phase, participants would be provided with a “spiritual experience” through ayahuasca in a remote cabin at a private retreat.
They would have to participate in the study for two weeks and then return to their home to do the following: follow the “experiment” for an additional 30 days.
Once they were finished, participants were then given the option of either taking ayahuascas medicine or a placebo, and were to choose the one that was most beneficial to their mental health.
“The purpose of this study was to test the efficacy of the ayahuacas drug, ibogaine, as an adjunct to psychotherapy,” Dr. A.D. Kuehn, one of the researchers, said in a press release.
“[Dr. Calhern] has already established a reputation as an expert in the treatment of addiction, depression, and other conditions that are common among the underprivileged.
He also has expertise in ayahuas medicine, which is an ancient and sacred plant that has been used for millennia by Native Americans, including the Hopi people of Arizona and other groups.”
It’s a far cry from the treatment offered to prisoners by the US Army, who have reported an increase in the number of suicides in the US.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the program was originally slated to run from January to June of this year.
Its cancelation came after a number of criticisms, including accusations that the program “fails to provide a safe environment,” and that its “preliminary research” was done in an “unethical and unethical manner,” according to Dr. Kühn.
His comments come after a group of psychologists and psychiatrists wrote to the University saying they were concerned that the study was “fraught with risks,” including that it “may have contributed to the spread of mental illness, as well as to the emergence of drug-induced mental health disorders, including schizophrenia.”
“As a consequence, this research has failed to provide the necessary evidence to validate the therapeutic potential of ayahuās medicine for its purported therapeutic benefits,” they wrote.
And Dr. Sondre H. Hjalmarsson, an associate professor at Yale University, told ABC News, that it is “not possible” to determine whether the study would have been effective, since there is no guarantee that it would have produced positive results.
ABC News reports that Dr. Hvamaljunga says that she will “continue to pursue alternative treatments” in an effort to find a cure.
But she also told ABC’s This Week, “I am very disappointed.
I am very concerned about the potential for harm to people who are not taking it.”
A spokeswoman for the university, however, says that they are “concerned that the project was never completed.”
Dr. Hhilmarsson told ABC that “a few years ago, we were offered a $1 million grant for the program, but the grant was cancelled because the project didn’t go forward.”
However, the funding did not go towards the full cost of the study, and it was instead “shared among various other university institutions.”
The university says that Drs.
Calhams and Hvams research is still in progress, and that the university is “reviewing its financial position and is working with the researchers and the university to make sure that they continue to advance their work.”