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An Analysis of Stanley Milgram's Obedience to Authority Mark Gridley

An Analysis of Stanley Milgram's Obedience to Authority By Mark Gridley

An Analysis of Stanley Milgram's Obedience to Authority by Mark Gridley


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Milgram's book describes the landmark psychology experiment he conducted as a young researcher at Yale in the 1960s. He recruited volunteers to give "electric shocks" to learners whenever they answered a question wrong. The volunteers didn't know these subjects were not actually being shocked.

An Analysis of Stanley Milgram's Obedience to Authority Summary

An Analysis of Stanley Milgram's Obedience to Authority: An Experimental View by Mark Gridley

Stanley Milgram is one of the most influential and widely-cited social psychologists of the twentieth century. Recognized as perhaps the most creative figure in his field, he is famous for crafting social-psychological experiments with an almost artistic sense of creative imagination - casting new light on social phenomena in the process. His 1974 study Obedience to Authority exemplifies creative thinking at its most potent, and controversial. Interested in the degree to which an "authority figure" could encourage people to commit acts against their sense of right and wrong, Milgram tricked volunteers for a "learning experiment" into believing that they were inflicting painful electric shocks on a person in another room. Able to hear convincing sounds of pain and pleas to stop, the volunteers were told by an authority figure - the "scientist" - that they should continue regardless. Contrary to his own predictions, Milgram discovered that, depending on the exact set up, as many as 65% of people would continue right up to the point of "killing" the victim.
The experiment showed, he believed, that ordinary people can, and will, do terrible things under the right circumstances, simply through obedience. As infamous and controversial as it was creatively inspired, the "Milgram experiment" shows just how radically creative thinking can shake our most fundamental assumptions.

About Mark Gridley

Dr Mark Gridley teaches psychology at Heidelberg University, Ohio. His research interests include social psychology and the history and psychology of music. Dr Bill Jenkins holds a PhD in psychology from the University of Michigan. He is currently co-chair of the Department of Psychology at Mercer University.

Table of Contents

Ways in to the text

Who was Stanley Milgram?

What does Obedience to Authority say?

Why does Obedience to Authority matter?

Section 1: Influences

Module 1: The Author and the Historical Context

Module 2: Academic Context

Module 3: The Problem

Module 4: The Author's Contribution

Section 2: Ideas

Module 5: Main Ideas

Module 6: Secondary Ideas

Module 7: Achievement

Module 8: Place in the Author's Work

Section 3: Impact

Module 9: The First Responses

Module 10: The Evolving Debate

Module 11: Impact and Influence Today

Module 12: Where Next?

Glossary of Terms

People Mentioned in the Text

Works Cited

Additional information

NGR9781912127245
9781912127245
1912127245
An Analysis of Stanley Milgram's Obedience to Authority: An Experimental View by Mark Gridley
New
Paperback
Macat International Limited
2017-07-04
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