Ke’Asjah Spencer. Milgram Study.Stanley Milgram, A Psychologist

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Ke’Asjah Spencer Milgram Study Stanley Milgram, a psychologist at Yale University, conducted a 1963 experiment that originated from the idea of Germans being highly obedient to authority figures, and whether that played a role in the Nazi killings during World War II. The purpose of the experiment was to see if ordinary people, under an immense amount of pressure by an authority figure, would still be obedient regardless of whether something detrimental would happen because of a person’s submissiveness. The researchers had a goal of seeing how far someone would go in adhering to a highly-regarded figure, regardless of if the teacher, as the participants were referred to in the experiment, had to harm their “learner” or…show more content…
The extreme willingness of adults to go to almost any lengths on the command of an authority constitutes the chief finding of the study and the fact most urgently demanding an explanation. Considering the aim of this experiment and the way the volunteers acted, the objective of this experiment was achieved. According to Discover Magazine, in the first version of the experiment, 65% of participants who obeyed the orders went on to 450 volts, which had been the electric shock machine’s maximum voltage. With this large percentage in mind, if the participants had not been pressured to follow through with the electric shocks or they found it to be morally wrong and was able to speak up and withdraw, several participants would have disobeyed. Due to this, depending on who obeyed and disobeyed, the experimenters achieved their objective, but with some objection. Discover Magazine states that the major headline of 65% of participants that went to 450 volts, the first version of the experiment that was reported in Milgram’s first journal article, implied that there was only a single experiment done. However, there were 24 different variations, or different scenarios with a different script and set up for the experiment. In over half of the 24 versions of the experiment, 60% of people disobeyed

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