Analysis Of Stanley Milgram 's The Perils Of Obedience And Phillip Zimbardo 's ' The Stanford Prison Experiment '

794 Words Sep 29th, 2015 4 Pages
Manipulation and Control Experiments are used to get a better understanding of things. They help expand our knowledge on anything from diseases, mental illnesses, and why we as human beings act the way we do. In Stanley Milgram’s experiment “The Perils of Obedience” and Phillip Zimbardo’s “The Stanford Prison Experiment” we learned just how far some would go with the power they are given. Zimbardo’s and Milgram’s experiments showed how having the slightest bit of power can corrupt one’s morals. Having power isn’t always for the better, many seize to take advantage.
In Milgram’s experiment he granted his subjects the power to give another person, the learner, an electric shock every time they answered a question wrong. The subjects knew that it was wrong to physically hurt the other person but few stopped. According to Milgram, “Of the forty subjects in the first experiment, twenty-five obeyed the orders of the experimenter to the end, pushing the victim until they reached the most potent shock available on the generator.” More than half of the subjects followed through with all their orders. Following orders doesn’t always mean that what you’re doing is right. Most of Milgram’s subjects were not psychotic and liked administering shocks to the learners, they felt the need to obey the orders they were given from their higher authority, which most can understand when given orders by a higher authority for example, your boss, a teacher and or parent. Even though at times it…

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