Stanly Milgram Study

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The most interesting thing in the lectures during the past 2 weeks was Stanly Milgram study. When I was young I heard this experiment so that I knew it, however, I so surprised as I saw the video of Milgram study in discuss section.
A famous study by Stanley Milgram, a Yale University Psychologist, points out in a rather dark way, how our beliefs affect our experiences. The participants and confederated are told by the experimenter that they will be participating in an experiment to test the effects of punishment on learning behavior. The actor pretends to have a slip of "student," so the participant is led to believe that the roles have been chosen randomly. However, the both slips say "teacher," while the actor just pretends he or she has "student" on his/her slip. The participant gives a question to the student, and then if the answer is wrong, the student will receive an electric shock. The shock levels starts as 15 volts and increasing in 15 volts all the way up to 450 volts. While the participant believed that the student will receive real shocks, shockingly, the number of participants who continued all the way up to 450 volts was 65%, with every 'teacher' giving shocks up to at least 300 volts. Many participants seemed unable to disobey the experimenter even though they displayed signs of anguish while giving the shocks, such as seating, trembling and biting their lips. As a result, Milgram's experiment is to understand how strong a person's tendency to obey authority, even though it's immoral or destructive. I guess if the experiment is conducted today, the result is very similar to the old one.

I found one interesting video. this is asking that "How evil are you?"

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