Burger study

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  • Created on: 13-04-17 13:40
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  • Burger Study
    • Aim
      • To investigate contemporary levels of obedience to see if they have changed since Milgram's studies in the 60's
    • Procedure
      • 70 males and females aged 20-81 selected from a much larger group following tests and interviews to assess their psychologically suitability to take part
      • The actually experiment was similar to Milgram's except that the generator only went up to 150V
        • Reduces levels of distress felt by the Ppts
    • Results
      • 70% of Ppts were willing to continue beyond the 150V cut off point
    • Conclusion
      • Levels of obedience have not changed since the time of Milgram's original study in the 60's
    • Evaluation
      • Used a more diverse group of ppts including a wide range of ages, genders and ethnicities
        • Easier to generalise to others
      • DV of obedience was not measured in the same way as in Milgram's experiment
        • Cannot be certain that the ppts would have continued to 450V
      • Lacks mundane realism
        • Artificial laboratory set-up
        • Unusualness of the task
      • Used a number of deceptions
        • Led to a lack of informed consent
        • Right to withdraw affected by the prompts
        • Psychological harm reduced due to ppts being stopped at 150V

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