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Why do people obey?


  • Hierarchy in society
  • Authority figures have an overriding power
  • Difficult to deviate from social roles from childhood

Supported by: Milgram

Obedience rates dropped by 47% when the setting was changed (Yale University -> run down office block)

Supported by: Bickman (1974)

Field Experiment in New York, 92% of pedestrians obeyed to give a stranger money when the researcher was dressed as a guard compared to 49% in


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