The Obedience Study By Stanley Milgram, And The Stanford Prison Study

1364 Words Oct 27th, 2016 6 Pages
There is much debate about free will, and whether it exists, or if it is merely an illusion. Free will means one has the ability to have control over one’s decisions, which means one has control over one’s life, and future. No free will means one is not in control of one’s life, which means one’s actions have been predetermined, so one’s life has been planned out. One cannot dictate where one’s life will take one, since every decision has been planned out. Many studies have been done that touch on the subject of free will. These studies attempt to provide insight into whether free will exists or not. Two of those studies, are the obedience study by Stanley Milgram, and the Stanford prison study by Philip Zimbardo. In both studies, the subjects had free will because they had the option to make a different choice, and were not forced to make a specific choice. In the obedience study done by Stanley Milgram, the experimenters wanted to see how obedience played a role in behavior. The subjects were asked to draw a piece of paper from a hat to determine who was the teacher and who was the learner. The subjects were always the teacher because both the slips of paper in the hat said teacher. The drawing made the roles seem like they were assigned randomly. The learner was strapped into an electric chair to prevent him from escaping. The teacher was sitting in front of an apparatus that had 30 switches that increased in voltage. The voltage ranged from 15 to 450 volts. Groups of…

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