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Stanley Milgram and Obedience
A look at Stanley Milgram's studies of obedience and their implications.
# 131191 | 1,250 words | 5 sources | APA | 2006 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2006 in Psychology (Behaviorism) , Psychology (Testing) , Sociology (Theory) , Holocaust Studies (General)

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In this article, the writer discusses that Stanley Milgram's Yale studies of non-criminal persons instructed to inflict what they believed was a high voltage electric shock upon a victim created a furor in Psychology. The writer notes that Milgram indicated that Americans were just as capable of perpetrating cruelty as inflicted in Nazi Europe if given a limited view of a situation, a sense of authority at hand, a higher purpose, and a suitable institutional setting. The writer discusses that Milgram later theorized on the circumstances producing this weakening of volition and morality. The writer presents a reflection on implications in the present, Milgram's fear of authoritarian institutions in the US and as may have been realized in the present.

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"The work of Stanley Milgram (1933-1984) remains much studied in psychology, his famous Yale University experiments having helped to push forwards our insight into human capability and seeming to confirm the role of human obedience in Nazi atrocities perpetrated in Europe, not so long before. The concentration camps and the extremity of all other Nazi abuses were a shock to millions who once believed in European sophistication. Evil undertakings were often the work of educated, moral members of German and other societies once seen as bastions of ..."

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