October 16, 2015 (Limited)
Rated PG-13 for thematic material and brief strong language
In 1961, social psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted the "obedience experiments" at Yale University. The experiments observed the responses of ordinary people asked to send harmful electrical shocks to a stranger. Despite pleadings from the person they were shocking, 65 percent of subjects obeyed commands from a lab-coated authority figure to deliver potentially fatal currents. With Adolf Eichmann’s trial airing in living rooms across America, Milgram’s Kafkaesque results hit a nerve, and he was accused of...
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If you’ve ever taken a psychology class, you’ve likely heard of the famous experiment conducted by Stanley Milgram: he put two individuals in separate rooms, and told one (the teacher) to ask the other (the learner) a series of multiple choice questions. If the learner got the answer wrong, the teacher was to apply a shock of electricity that increased with each incorrect response. What the teacher didn’t know was that he/she was not actually electrocuting anyone--the learner was in fact in on the experiment.
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