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This paper first addresses the historical motivation behind Professor Stanley Milgram's experiment and then describes how the experiment was conducted. The paper then analyzes the results of the experiment and the various margins of error in the experiment. This is followed by a discussion and analysis of the failure of the experiment.
From the Paper:"Stanley Milgram, a Yale Professor, decided to take on this task and conducted an experiment about obedience using various different people. The experiment involved a total of three people: the experimenter, who gave the orders, teacher (who was the subject) who read the questions, and learner (an actor), who was to receive electric shocks if they were to answer a question wrong (which they purposely did). The experiment was to have the teacher give the learner a series of questions. If the learner answered any question wrong, they would receive an electric shock. Every question that was wrong, the electrical shock would go up 15 volts. Unbeknownst to the "teacher" was that the "learner' was not being shocked at all. If the "teacher" began to show signs of wanting to stop, the experimenter would push the "teacher" on, using basic phrases like "Please continue." (Experimenter 219) When the teacher began to enter the last stage of the experiment and showed signs of wanting to stop, the experimenter used more authority based phrases, such as "You have no other choice, you must go on." (Experimenter 216). The purpose of the experiment was to see how far a person would go in order to be obedient."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Milgram, Stanley. "The Perils of Obedience." 2009. Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum. 3rd ed. Boston: Pearson Longman, 2009. 213-25. Print.
- Baumrind, Diana. "Review of Stanley Milgram's Experiments on Obedience." 2009. Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum. 3rd ed. Boston: Pearson Longman, 2009. 226-31. Print.
Cite this Analytical Essay:
Milgram Assessment (2009, November 17) Retrieved March 29, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/milgram-assessment-117138/
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