A Proposed Example of Drug Research in Social Psychology: Predicted Effects of Dexedrine and Meprobamate on Small Group Interaction
Schau, Janet Martha Walling
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In this thesis, I hope to show the feasibility of research on social behavior as it is influenced by psychoactive drugs. To accomplish this, a generally accepted experiment in small group interaction will be presented; the effects on human behavior of two psychotrophic drugs, dexedrine and meprobamate, will be explored; theoretical predictions will be formed, concerning the possible effects of these drugs when made additional variables in the experiment mentioned; and the general problems of scientific experimentation in both the fields of drug research and research in social psychology will be discussed and dealt with. Conclusions will then be drawn as to the possible validity of the predictions made and the probability of acceptable experimentation in this area.