October 4 - October 4, 2010 Milgram & Obedience Background...

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October 4, 2010 Background History of conformity studies Under what circumstances are people most likely to obey an authority’s wishes rather than their own? Post WWII Especially relevant in Nazi Germany – Germans have a history of strictly following authority Milgram needs: Realistic and engaging situation Subject must be “blind” to the real purpose If the subjects knew the study was about obedience, it is more likely that you’ll either strictly obey or “stick it to the man” Deception over rationale for study Deception about circumstances Subject must feel conflict between own wishes and authority’s Standard Design Cover: Study of the effect of punishment on learning Two people are in the lab, a subject and confederate Rigged drawing between real subject and confederate – confederate is always learner Shock generator with labels Shock generator and confederate Experimenter shows confederate being hooked up, and explains how
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This note was uploaded on 11/17/2010 for the course SOC 330P taught by Professor Maryrose during the Fall '10 term at University of Texas.

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