The Monster Study
- Year Conducted: 1939
- Parties Involved: University of Iowa & Dr. Wendell Johnson
Now nicknamed “The Monster Study,” Dr. Wendell Johnson of the University of Iowa did a study on 22 orphaned children. This alone should be a red flag. The study involved speech, where the children were separated into two groups. Most children involved spoke perfectly fine. Yet the way they were treated in each group differed heavily. One group was praised for how they said things, regardless of how good or bad it was.
The other was belittled for nearly every word they said and even told they were studdering when they were not. In spite of the students not having speech problems, many of those belittled ended up developing speech issues by the end of the study. It proved how horrific negativity can be on a child. It is one of the most controversial studies on humans in history. Even the University itself and Johnson’s peers were horrified. This led to the school covering it up for years to protect Johnson’s reputation! The university did not publish the study, yet they also did not apologize for it until 2001!!