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SOCIAL APPROACH Milgram - 1963 Aim of study: * To investigate what level of obedience participants would show when an authority figure told them to administer electric shocks to another person. Participants: Obtained from advertisements + direct mailing. Self selected or volunteer sample. * 40 males: 20-50 yrs old from New Haven area in the United Stated of America. * Job ranges Included: postal clerks, HS teachers, salesmen, labourers, engineers, etc. * Education: one had not finished HS to some who a have degree + qualification in various subjects. * Paid: $4.50 regardless of what happened after and before they arrived. This is called COERCIAN. Method and Design: * Method: Lab experiment. * Observer observed participants for signs of tension/nervousness: "sweat, tremble, biting of lips, nervous laughter" I.V./D.V. * I.V. - There was NO I.V. * D.V. - Level of obedience; how far they'd go with the voltage to shock the learner. ...read more.


Example: "please continue", "this experiment requires that you continue". Controls: * Standardised deception. * Cover story. * Slips of paper drawn (pre-determined teacher). * Learner strapped. * Standardised prods used by experimenter. Results: (overall %) * 65% of ppts continued to shock until 450 volts. * Only 35% stopped before. * 22.5% stopped at 300 volts. * Many showed signed of nervousness and extreme tension. * 14 displayed nervous laughter; 3 had uncontrollable seizures. Conclusion: * Very high rate of obedience - 65%. Milgram explained this as being so high because it's a strong part of human society. * Milgram said: "Many situational factors which lead to high rate of obedience. E.g. - Environment of lab = formal. Yale Uni = prestigious. - Verbal prods from experimenter. - Distance of the learner. - Proximity of the experimenter. (AGENTIC STATE: Individuals give up their own responsibility, deferring to those of higher status.) ...read more.


- High - Real-like conditions of Nazi Germany WW2. * Reliability - * Sample - 40 males: 20-50 yrs old from New Haven area (USA). Range of education backgrounds. * - Ad. - Range of age/ education/ socio-economic status. - Dis. - All from same area. (New Haven, USA) - All male + white. - Hard to generalise to other cultures/ places. * Ethics - Dis. - Coercion - Paying. - Psychological harm - May leave ppt shocked that they damaged someone so badly. - Offer counselling. - Deception - Debrief. * Type of Data - Quantitative - 65% - 450 volts + 35% reluctant. Ad. - Easier to analyse. Dis. - Loss of rich data. - Qualitative - Observations + Interviews + Photograph + Filming Ad. - Rich data. Dis. - Harder to analyse. * Personality/Situation - Mainly situation - Prestigious uni, formal setting. - Resist authority (Personality) - Job, religious beliefs. * Applications - Useful in training - people services - police/ambulance. * One Change - Sample - More nationalities. - Contemporary data. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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