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The human nature of ObedienceThere are two experiments conducted by psychologists Solomon Asch and StanleyMilgram to analyze why are human prone to obedience of social pressure and authoritypressure. The Asch Experiment demonstrated the power of conformity in groups, and theMilgram Experiment showed that when subjects under the pressure of an authority figure, theytend to transfer their responsibility to the authority. In this essay, I want to discuss on what canthese two experiments teach us about human nature and the similarities of the experiments.After the experiments, Asch realized that when subjects gave a different answer to the others,they started to get anxious and doubt themselves. Questions like “I must be wrong, I should justgo along with the group” would start to raise in subject’s mind, even the right answer is soobvious. Asch was amazed by the results of the experiments, as he mentioned in the article, “Itwas surprising to find that the experience of having had a partner and of having braved themajority opposition with him had failed to strengthen the individuals’ independence.” Theresult of the experiment shows thaton average, about one-third of the participants who wereplaced in this situation went along with the clearly incorrect majority on the critical trials.

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Term
Summer
Professor
Hodson
Tags
Psychology, Social Psychology, Asch conformity experiments, Stanford prison experiment, Milgram experiment

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