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Milgram (1963) Obey at any cost?Milgram’s (1963) study of obedience was foundational yet controversial study in the history of psychology. Stanley Milgram’s conducted a series of experiments investigating the concept of obedience to authority and found some disturbing results. Milgram’s fundamental theoretical basis for the study was that people, in general, have a tendency to obey authority figures, despite violating their personal codes of moral and ethical behaviour. He believed that, if ordered by authority figure, many people wouldn’t intentionally inflict physical harm to another individual. Perhaps the ultimate innovative part of Milgram’s research is the technique which was utilised to analysis the nature of obedience in the research laboratory.Milgram’s study included participants who were 40 males between the ages of 20-50. Participants consisted of9 professional men, 16 white collar sales or businessman and 15 skilled or unskilled workers. These subjects were recruited via newspaper ads and direct-mail solicitation wanting paid participants in study regarding about memory. All participants were paid $4.50. Furthermore, there were two key participants in the study: a confederate in the experiment (47 year- old accountant) and an actor (dressed in lab coat) playing the part of the study.

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