Stanley Milgram 's Experiment On Obedience Essay

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Stanley Milgram was an American social psychologist, who was known for his obedience experiment performed in the 1960s at Yale University. Milgram’s idea on purposing his experiment first came from the hideous acts of WWII. Milgram examined how individuals had the tendency to obey higher authority, such as Hitler, and still contain harmful acts on others, just because they were ordered to do so. According to Milgram (1963) he also believed that in some situations, that human propensity to “obey is so deeply ingrained and powerful that it cancels out a person’s ability to behave morally, ethically or even sympathetically”(p.306). Overall from these investigations Milgram decided to implicate on obedience to authority.

Theoretical Propositions Humans have tendency to obey other people who are in a position of authority over them, even if obey they violate their personal codes of moral and ethnical behavior.

The methods in milgrams experiment included a shock generator to test the power of obedience. The Shock generator was an electronic device with 30 toggle switches, which was labeled with different voltage levels. The levels first started at 30 volts, and increased by 15-volt intervals, soon reaching up to 450 volts. The switches were also labeled in groups such as slight shock, moderate shock, and danger: severe shock”(307). Must also take into consideration that nobody was truly shocked during this experiment. Mailgram’s only main focus on this method was…

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