There was an experiment where three people, who each believed they were Jesus Christ, were made roommates at a psychiatric ward. At first, they argued over who was holiest and even fistfought. Eventually, each patient wrote the other two off as being crazy.
Quaker Oats fed radioactive milk and oatmeal to unsuspecting special needs kids under the guise of a science club in order to find out how beneficial certain nutrients were in their oats.
In the 50’s NASA recruited deaf people to research why they didn’t get motion sickness. Tests included flights in ‘Vomit Comet’ and sailing in the rough seas (researchers got violently sick, while deaf people just played cards happily).
From 1953 to 1964, the CIA conducted completely uncontrolled tests involving drugging people who didn’t know they were being drugged, then following and watching them without intervening.
Winthrop Niles Kellogg attempted to “humanize” a baby chimpanzee by raising it alongside his infant son. The experiment had to be halted when, instead of humanizing the chimp, the young boy became more chimp-like.
American neurologist Walter Freeman drove around the US performing ice pick lobotomies in a van he coined the lobotomobile.
Issac Newton stuck a sewing needle under his eyeball, pushed it all the way to the back of his eye socket, and wiggled it around to test his theory of optics.
In the 15th century, King James IV conducted an experiment by sending a mute woman and two infants to an empty island to learn what the ‘natural human language’ would be.
In the mid-1950s, the US government secretly tested chemical weapons on the citizens of St Louis.
In 1957, in order to rehabilitate convicts, the Woodlake road camp prison in California began an experiment. The project was called “Operation Sleep” and was based on sleep learning program. Inmates heard the soothing voice of a psychiatrist, while they were sleeping.
“Listen, my inner self, remember and obey this creed of life: Live relaxed, completely and utterly relaxed… Love, rule my life. Love God, my family, and others… Have faith… work with others… Face life without fear, be calm, unafraid… Know myself and my faults… live without alcohol… Alcohol is a poison. I do not need alcohol. Abstain with ease. Alcohol is repulsive to me…
I am truly happy. I give my life to my family, to my friends, and to the world. I am filled with love and compassion for all, so help me God.”
Unfortunately, there is little to no data on, whether the experiment reformed criminals. According to the superintendent of the prison, inmates were very cooperative, but they couldn’t know the outcome for sure; until after facing the temptations of freedom again.