Stanley Milgram

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Stanley Milgram (1933-1984) was an American psychologist, most renowned for his studies of obedience. He was attempting to prove that ordinary people can act in morally objectionable ways in response to commands from authority figures. In his famous "electric shock" experiments, the participants in the study were asked to administer near lethal and lethal shocks to the apparently hapless "victim" (actually an actor) in a so-called test of learning. It showed that: "Ordinary people simply doing their jobs and without any particular hostility on their parts, can become agents in a terrible destructive process"(Milgram 1974).

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