Bocchiaro

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  • Bocchiaro
    • Background
      • Building on Milgrams research to find out who disobeys and who blows the whistle
    • Area
      • Social
    • Aim
      • 1. To investigate rates of disobedience and whistle blowing in a situation where the instructions are ethically wrong
      • 2. To investigate the accuracy of people's estimates of whistle blowing in the situation
      • 3. To investigate the role of dis-positional factors in disobedience and whistle blowing
    • Sample
      • 149 undergraduate students 96 females 53 males Amsterdam University Mean age 20.8 years old
      • Recruitment Method
        • Self-selected
          • Advertisements in university canteen
    • Research Method
      • Structured Observation (No independent variable)
    • Data
      • Quantitaive
        • Percentages of who; obeyed, disobeyed, blew the whistel
        • Results from the personality tests
      • Qualitative
        • What participants said about why they obeyed/ disobeyed
    • Results
      • Predicted; (You)        obey = 3.6% disobey = 31.9% Whistle-blow = 64.5%
      • Predicted; (Others)      obey = 18.8% disobey = 43.9% whistle-blow = 37.3%
      • Actual;     obey = 76.5% disobey = 14.1% whistle-blow = 3.4%
      • Findings; No difference between gender, personality or type of religion, People who have more faith are more likely to blow the whistle
        • obedient people blamed someone else, disobedient people felt responsible
    • Conclusions
      • Suggested that whistle blowers have more faith
      • People obey authority even when it's unjust
      • What you think you/others will do is usually different to what they will do
      • Behaving in a moral manner is challenging even when it seems simple
    • Pilot study
      • 8 pilot studies with 92 participants
      • Gain credibility (does it have mundane realism) and presumptive consent
      • Cover Story
        • Sensory deprivation study. Want to gain data for young people. The previous participants suffered horrible hallucinations.

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