Milgram's study of obedience - describe

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Aim: The aim of Milgram's study was to establish as a baseline measurement of how obedient naive participants would be when ordered to administer increasingly intense electric shocks to an innocent victim. To find out whether 'Germans are different' in an attempt to understand the violence towards the jews during the second world war.

Procedure: Milgram advertised for volunteers through a newspaper for a study into the effects of punishment on memory, the participants were paid $4.00 plus travel fare. There were forty male participants and the study took place at yale university.

The participants were always the teacher and were asked to give electric shocks to who they believed was another participant (the learner) but was actually a confederate. The participants were shown the equipment and the watched the learner being strapped…


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