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MIlgram storyboard of procedure for psychology.

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  • Our estimates range from 1-3 that participants will give the highest shock.
  • I'm here to take part in a memory test study.
  • ah yes, here is $4.50!
  • Participant (teacher)
  • ouch! 45 volts hurt!
  • Experimenter
  • Mr. Wallace (learner)
  • Milgram's study took place in a laboratory at Yale University. 14 Yale Seniors were provided with a detailed description of the experimental situation prior to the study and were asked to estimate obedience.
  • This generator goes from 15 to 450 volts, increase the voltage whenever he gets a wrong answer.
  • There were 40 participants who were recruited via volunteer sample and were paid $4.50 just for showing up. They were aged between 20-50 and had a wide range of occupations.
  • you will be recorded giving your responses using this tape recorder which we will then play to the participant when you give the wrong answers.
  • The participants were 'rigged' to be the "teacher", whilst the "learner" was always the same person. They then saw the "learner" strapped into a chair with (non-active) electrodes attached to his arms. The "teacher" was given a trial shock of 45 volts to stimulate genuineness.
  • He might be dead in there! Go and see if he's okay!
  • Please continue.
  • The "teacher" was then taken into a separate room and was sat in front of an electric shock generator. He had to conduct a paired word test on the "learner" and give him an electric shock of increasing intensity for every wrong answer given. (30 switches ranging from 15-450 volts)
  • However, the "learner" (Mr. Wallace) had produced (via tape recording) a set of predetermined responses, giving approx 3 wrong answers to ever correct one. At 300 volts, he pounded on the wall and therefore made no further replies.
  • answers • wrong • wrong • wrong • right
  • If the "teacher" turned to the experimenter for advice on whether to proceed, the experimenter responded with a series of standardised 'prods'. The study finished when the "teacher" refused to continue (disobedient) or reached 450 volts (obedient). When finished, the participants was then fully debriefed.
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