Psychology Milgram Study

Psychology Milgram Study

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  • Mligram gained the interest towards his study from observing the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann...
  • At the time obedience was demanded, just as in the future it will also be demanded of the subordinate. Obedience is commended as a virtue...
  • I am not the monster that I am made out to be. I am the victim of an error of judgement.
  • 1960
  • Under what conditions will people carry out the commands of an authority figure and when will they refuse to obey?
  • Milgram gathered participants for his study. 40 white males aged 20-50 from the New Haven area, with a mix of occupations.
  •  1963
  • Subjects were told that they were participating in a study on the effect of punishment on memory.  One “participant” in the study, the “learner” was a confederate of Milgram and one was the true subject, the “teacher” The “teacher” was told to shock the learner when the learner gave an incorrect response.
  • Is he banging?  Is he hurt out there?  Well, I don’t want to be responsible foranything that happens to him.  No, Ican’t go on with it.  I don’t knowwhether he’s all right or not. 
  • The “learner” is hooked up to whatappears to be a shock generating machine with 30 switches labeled from “SlightShock” to “Danger: Severe Shock” The “teachers” were given a shock of 45volts to convince them that the shocks were real The “learner’s” response to the questionsis scripted (and played back on a tape recorder) At 150 Volts the "learner" asks the experimenter to stop.
  • You want me to keep going?  You hear him hollering?  What if something happens to him?  I refuse to take responsibility...
  • From this, Milgram came to some interesting conclusions...
  • The results, as seen and felt in the laboratory, are to this author disturbing. They raise the possibility that human nature, or more specifically thekind of characters produced in American democratic society, cannot be counted on to insulate its citizens from brutality and inhumane treatment at the direction of malevolent authority.
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