Milgram study

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  • I am the teacher
  • Welcome to the experiment. Here's $4.50 for showing up. I will draw lots and one of you will be the learner and the other the teacher.
  • I am the learner
  • It is absolutely essential you continue.
  • Please, I don't want to hurt this man. I don't want to carry on! You can take your money back!
  • I CANT STAND THE PAIN ANYMORE! LET ME OUT!!!
  • I cant believe i stayed and gave the full 450 volts. I could've killed someone!
  • Thank you for taking part in the study. We were actually studying you for obedience. Don't worry your behaviour was completely normal.
  • Hello, I was the learner and I didn't actually experience any shocks
  • 74% learnt something useful 65% of the participants gave a potentially lethal shock to 'learner'
  • DEBRIEF
  • In 1974 Milgram advertised in a local newspaper for men aged between 20 and 50 to come and take part in his study about memory and learning. The participants were paid $4.50 for simply showing up. The 'learner' was a confederate.
  • For every wrong answer the 'learner' gave the teacher was told to give them a shock and the shock intensity increased every time by 15 volts. At 180 volts the learner yelled, "i cant stand the pain anymore" but the teacher was reassured by the experimenter and told to continue.
  • Milgram found that 65% of his participants were willing to give the full 450 volt shock. His participants showed signs of extreme stress: biting their lips, sweating, digging their fingers into their flesh etc. At the end of the experiment the teacher was introduced to the learner and were told that the shock box administrated no actual shocks.
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