The Broken-Toy Experiment
During this twisted study, children were given a ‘special’ toy that was rigged to break on them and were specifically told to be careful with it. When the toy would break, the examiner who gave them the toy would observe the child’s reaction. Researchers did this so they could explore the guilt children would fear. The examiner would go into a different room and hand the child a replica to assure them it was okay and fixed, possibly to alleviate any long-term emotional damage. Many people were upset by this experiment and had publicly expressed their fears how people were willing to ‘intentionally inflict pain’ on children.