The Conflict With Obedience, Authority, And The Conscience Of A Human Being

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In 1963, an experiment was conducted by Yale psychologist Stanley Milgram, who studied the conflict with obedience, authority, and the conscience of a human being. In the experiment, Milgram designed a false scenario, in which one person would volunteer to be the “teacher” and the other person would be the “student” (who would be the actor). The teacher would read a list of word pairs and test the student’s memory. Afterwards, the teacher would say the first word of the word pair and the student would have to answer the second word of the word pair through memorization. However, if the student would get it wrong, then the teacher would shock the student. However, throughout the whole experiment, the student is acting. The teacher does not know this. When the subject wishes to stop, the experimenter encourages the subject to continue to go on with the experiment and shock the person. What to do is up to the subject.
When Milgram’s experiment was first published, mixed reviews and concerns quickly rose. Diana Baumrind, psychologist and author of “Review of Stanley Milgram’s Experiments on Obedience,” was one of those who were concerned with Milgram’s Experiments. She criticizes Milgram for “entrapping” the subjects and harming their “self image or ability to trust adult authorities in the future.” Others like, Ian Parker, who is the author of “Obedience” saw the experiment as a “mixed blessing,” in which this experiment would “make [Milgram’s] name and destroy his reputation.”…

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