Outline Milgram's Obedience And Authority Study

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TMA01: Summarising and interpreting a table Average Level of shock at which 'teachers' refused to continue (Volts) Percentage of 'teachers' using maximum voltage Predictions made by: Psychiatrists 123 0 College students 140 0 Experimental Results: Original study 368 65 Ordinary man gives orders 224 20 Two experimenters give contradictory instructions 75 0 Adapted from Milgram, S (1974) Obedience to Authority: An Experimental View, London, Tavistock. The above table shows the average level of shock administered and the percentage of ‘teachers’ that used the maximum voltage, including the predictions made and eventual results. Most notably is the discrepancy between the predictions made and the experimental results. Psychiatrists predicted that the average shock at which the participant would refuse would be 123 volts, the results showed that this figure was actually 368 volts, more than twice what was predicted. This…show more content…
Born to Jewish parents, his work was influenced by the events of the Holocaust and it has sparked great debate and controversy. The big question that Milgram aimed to answer was what makes people do evil things. A question that was even more prevalent after the events of World War Two. Milgram’s obedience study • Purpose - Milgram wanted to see under what conditions a person would obey authority which commanded actions that go against conscience. Milgram on Milgram: Part 1 (Obedience experiments)
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