Behavioral Study Of Obedience By Stanley Milgram

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“Behavioral Study of Obedience” by Stanley Milgram (1963)
Stanley Milgram
Yale University

Group 1: Wasis Ali, Christopher Okpala,
Michelle Walden, Estefany Majano
General Psychology 1010
Ms. Thompson
Spring Semester, March 17, 2014
Introduction
In 1961, The Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology published an article by Stanley Milgram, a researcher at Yale University, and his study testing obedience towards political influence vs towards morals and values taught from an early age (Milgram, 1963). Milgram defined obedience as “as basic an element in the structure of social life as one can point,” “as a detriment of behavior is of particular relevance to our time,” and “The psychological mechanism that links individual action to political purpose,” (Milgram, 1963). Motivated by the events of the Holocaust and the atrocious acts German soldiers were commanded to carry out, and obeyed, Milgram questioned how deeply ingrained the tendency to obey is in regular people, and although the concept of obedience can be used toward more positive wanted to gain more insight on destructive obedience within the laboratory. (Milgram, 1963) Milgram was building on previous studies that had been conducted on ideas of social pressure and people 's ability and tendency to resist authority. For instance, Jerome Frank conducted a study focusing on authoritarianism (Frank, 1944). However, this study did not look at how far the college students would go in obeying, like Milgram 's
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