Summary Of Stanley Milgram's Perils Of Obedience

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Perils of Obedience Summary In Stanley Milgram’s Perils of Obedience, he explores how people react to authority, even when they are told to do something that they found immoral. He conducted multiple versions of his experiment, trying out different situations doing the same tasks. His first trial he started with his students, taking them in pairs of two. They were both given roles, the learner, and the teacher. The teacher was told that the object of the experiment was to study the effects of punishment on learning. They are also told that their role in the experiment was to read word lists to the learner and the learner must remember the second word from a list of word pairs they had read earlier. If the learner got the answer wrong, then the teacher was told to administer shocks, for each answer that the learner got wrong, and the shocks had to increase in intensity. The teacher is unaware of the fact that the learner is actually an actor, and receives no shock. The experiments, involving the Undergrad students from Yale, resulted in 60…show more content…
He continued through the experiment until 300 volts, where he then offered to change places with the learner, and asked the experimenter if he was required to follow the directions literally. The experimenter told him that he did, and the man continued administering shocks, but as he did he began breaking out in to fits laughter after each shock. After the experiment the man was interviewed and he revealed why he thinks he started laughing. He explained that it wasn’t that he thought it was funny, he was just in such an impossible situation, and he didn’t know how to react. Stanley Milgram’s conclusion was that a person is more likely to feel obligated to carry out tasks if he or she is ordered by some “higher” power. And that even inherently good people will do terrible things to others if they are ordered
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