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AIMS AND HYPOTHESES
To investigate what level of obedience would be shown when
subjects were told by an authority figure to administer electric shocks
to another person.
Americans would be as willing as the Nazis in the Holocaust to infict
pain and commit murder
Milgram investigate if there's and `obedient type' or whether this type of
obedience is something we are all capable of in certain conditions/
circumstances (INDIVIDUAL vs, SITUATION EXPLANATIONS)…read more

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VARIABLES
IV
None
DV
Obedience
Voltage the PP goes to
Measured through observations and photos
CV
Prods used
Responses given…read more

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PARTICIPANTS
40 men aged 20-50 years from New Haven, USA
Range of occupations and educational backgrounds
All white
Recruited by a newspaper ad and direct mail advertising- asked for
volunteers to take part in a study of memory at Yale University
Self-selected sample
Each paid $4.50 before experiment and told to keep it no matter
was, it was simply for turning up…read more

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METHOD
Electric Generator
Speaker
Experimente
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Subjec
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2 rooms used; 1 had what looked like an electric shock generator
It had 30 switches ranging from 15 to 450volts in 15 volt increments with
descriptions about the type of shocks e.g. mild, XXX
In the 2nd room:- Chair with restraining straps where the learner as to
receive shocks via his wrist
Also a tape recording of responses played according to what switch had
been pressed
Ensured all subjects heard the same responses in the same order from the
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CONFEDERATES
2 male confederates used
The experimenter:- a 31 year old stern biology teacher who wore a
grey lab coat
The learner- a 47 year old accountant who appeared mild-mannered
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