The Effects Of Obedience And Disobedience

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Stanley Milgram had a goal to make a lasting impact in the field of psychology. So, he devised an experiment to understand why Nazi’s in the Holocaust followed Hitler. It is an understandable ambition because we must understand why Nazis followed and performed such horrific acts to be able to insure that it never happens again. Milgram’s experiment took place on February 1st, 1965 in an experiment titled Some Conditions of Obedience and Disobedience to Authority. His experiment is justified because of its fundamental steps in understanding obedience that will assist in understanding ow terrible forces in the world gain power and followers. Although this experiment caused emotional harm, failed to test military obedience, and failed to include a charismatic leader it was critical to begin to understand obedience to authority.
Milgram’s experiment included a “learner” who was an actor, a “teacher” who was the actual subject of the experiment, and an “authority” who was the experimenter (Milgram 56). There was a variety of male teachers
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Heuristics is a process of learning by using past knowledge and watching other people found in Merriam-Webster Dictionary. This means that if someone is standing in a line they may not know why they are standing in the line. They are just doing what everyone else is doing; a kind of group mentality. This psychological phenomenon helps explain why the teachers shocked the learners because instead of having to decide for yourself what to do someone is telling you. The teacher has the experimenter to tell them what to do. This coupled with the human disposition to work with a group leaves no doubt that heuristics are in place to convince people to do things. By understanding that people stand in line for no reason allowed me to believe that Milgram’s study has feasible

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