Study guide for “Obedience” videoAs explained in the introductory narration of the “Obedience” video, the educational levelof the subjects who participated in Milgram’s “Obedience” experiment ranged from persons who had 40 males between the ages 20 and 50 residing in the Greater New Haven area, they were obtained by a newspaper advertisement and direct mail solicitation. The subjects range in occupation from corporation presidents to good-humormen and plumbers. An education level from one who had not finished elementary schoolto persons who had advanced graduate and professional degrees.As explained in the concluding narration in the “Obedience” video, Milgram completed several variations of his experiment in order to test the degree to which specific types of situational factors affected a subject’s performance. These factors included (1) the proximity of the experimenter to the subject and the degree to which he supervised the subject, (2) the institutional context in which the experiment took place, (3) the behavior of other group members, where the subject was a member of a ‘Teacher’ group and (4) the victim only received shock when his hand rested on a shock plate, and at the 150 volt level, the victim demanded to be let free and refused to place his hand on the shock plate and the experimenter ordered the subject to force the victim to place his hand on the plate thus obedience in this condition required that the subject have physical contact with the victim in order to give him punishment beyond the 150 volt level.The results of the “Obedience” experiment was “disturbing” to Milgram because they indicated that a majority of persons do what they are told to do irrespective of the
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