Stanley Milgram 's Behavior And Obedience Essay

1147 Words Dec 11th, 2014 5 Pages
Stanley Milgram was a psychologist at Yale University who studied group behavior and obedience. Group behavior, or group dynamics, is “...a system of behaviors and psychological processes occurring within a social group or between social groups. The study of group dynamics can be useful in understanding decision-making behavior, tracking the spread of diseases in society, creating effective therapy techniques, and following the emergence and popularity of new ideas and technologies. (Backstrom, Huttenlocher, Kleinberg, and Lan)” Dr. Milgram conducted experiments that studied obedience towards authority and how that interacts with personal conscience. In his experiments, he tested how far people would go in a morally controversial experiment when pressed on by an authority figure. The “shocker” was instructed to shock a subject when they incorrectly answered a question when asked. when the “shocker” began to refuse to inflict shocks the subject, the authority figure would insist and tell them that they must continue. The experiment 's results were astounding. All of the participants continued to 300 volts and 65% (two-thirds) of the participants continued to 450 volts. These experiments show that obedience has a direct correlation with the presence of an authority figure. This also shows that many people neglect what their conscience tells them when they are being instructed by a person with authority. This experiment is important when thinking about the social, cultural,…

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