Milgram experiment, Asch experiment, and Zimbos prison experiment

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The milgram experiment. The three people involved were: the one running the experiment, the subject of the experiment a volunteer, and a person pretending to be a volunteer. These three persons fill three distinct roles: the Experimenter an authoritative role, the Teacher a role intended to obey the orders of the Experimenter, and the Learner the recipient of stimulus from the Teacher. The subject and the actor both drew slips of paper to determine their roles, but unknown to the subject, both slips said "teacher". The actor would always claim to have drawn the slip that read "learner", thus guaranteeing that the subject would always be the "teacher". At this point, the "teacher" and "learner" were separated into different rooms where …show more content…
At this point, many people indicated their desire to stop the experiment and check on the learner. Some test subjects paused at 135 volts and began to question the purpose of the experiment. Most continued after being assured that they would not be held responsible. A few subjects began to laugh nervously or exhibit other signs of extreme stress once they heard the screams of pain coming from the learner.
The Asch experiment. It was a conformity experiment. Solomon Asch showed two cards one with one line and the second with three lines. One of the lines on the second card was the exact line that was one the first card. He asked everyone which line form the second card was the exact line from the first line. He picked certain people who knew about the experiment to lie and say the wrong answer. There were two ways they answered. One was by voting out loud. The other was by a secret vote on paper. 75% of the people gave the wrong answer at least once while 25% never gave the wrong answer. THis experiment proves that a lot of people give into comformity.
Zimbo's Prison experiment. The experiment was conducted in the basement of Jordan Hall (Stanford's psychology building). Twelve of the twenty-four participants were assigned the role of prisoner (nine plus three alternates), while the other twelve were assigned the role of guard (also nine plus three alternates). Zimbardo took on the role of the superintendent, and an

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