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Unformatted text preview: 11-6Reading Outlines and NotesIf Hitler asked you to electrocute a stranger, would you? Probably. [Meyer]•Normal response would be “No.” But Milgram study proved otherwise•Milgram was a social psychologist at Yale University who had a plan to prove that Germans were “different.”•The “Germans were different” hypothesis has been used to explain the destruction of the Jews by Hitler•According to Milgram, Germans have a character flaw which explains the readiness to obey authority•So if he could test his experiments on Americans and then test his experiments on Germans, he would prove that Germans have a readiness to obey authority.•But Americans, like the ones Milgram tested on, were just as obedient as he thought the Germans would be•The whole scene was a play: The subject would read an ad in the newspaper about an education experiment. They would respond and go to the “experiment building.” Inside would be the experimenter and the learner. Then, the experimenter would explain the experiment about negative reinforcement and how one of the people would be the teacher...
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This note was uploaded on 03/25/2008 for the course SOC 302 taught by Professor Langenkamp during the Fall '08 term at University of Texas.
- Fall '08