Critique of the Behavioral Study of Obedience

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Stanley Milgram was an American Social Psychologist who conducted the Behavioral Study of Obedience in 1963. Dr. Milgram conducted the study to assess the conflict between obedience to authority and personal conscience. The subjects of the study were recruited from various occupations including, but not limited to, laborers and engineers. Dr. Milgram hoped to learn about the circumstances in which people would carry out the commands of authority figure and when will they refuse to obey (citation). The research methods used in the Behavioral Study of Obedience were experiments and observation. The results of the experiment concluded that the participants were obedient to the orders and conformed to their assigned “role” quickly and without question.
The research methods used in the study conducted by Dr. Milgram were experiment and observation. The subjects of the study were recruiting using a newspaper advertisement and direct mail solicitation. The participants believed they were going to take part in a study of memory and learning at Yale University. There were a total of 40 male participants between the age of 20 and 50. The participants would act as teachers under direction of an experimenter and would be instructed to deliver shocks to their students if they answered a question wrong. The shocks were delivered from a machine that ranged from 15 volts to 450 volts. The experimenter was dressed in a technician coat…
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