Blimey, $4.50 for just turning up how could i possibly refuse!!!
Volunteers applied for what they thought was a learning experiment at Yale university, little did they know they were being deceived. The participants were males from the New Haven area who were between ages 20-50.
Roles of the participants were decided through drawing a straw but this was rigged so they would become the teacher every time. This was to give the impression everyone had volunteered when in reality the others were confederates of Milgram. The were told to teach the learner words and give a shock if they made any mistakes, the shocks would increase in increments of 15 volts every time they made a mistake. They could not see the learner and when they refused to give a shock they were told by the experimenter to continue.
mhhhh hes having a seizure i think, should i ask him to continue?
After the study, results showed that all participants delivered shocks to 300 volts but only 65% went to 450 volts. Upon meeting the participants Milgram gave a very in depth debrief to explain to the participants that he had to do what he did in order to obtain accurate results through unfair means which may be seen as morally unethical but the participants were fine after and suffered no long term affects and found much relief in discovering the learner had not been harmed during the study.
This was a very good experience mate I only had a full blown uncontrollable seizure due to the stress you put me under but you seem like a nice guy so all is forgiven