Obedience to authority: an experimental view

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Harper & Row, 1974 - Social Science - 224 pages
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In the 1960s Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram famously carried out a series of experiments that forever changed our perceptions of morality and free will. The subjects--or "teachers"--were instructed to administer electroshocks to a human "learner," with the shocks becoming progressively more powerful and painful. Controversial but now strongly vindicated by the scientific community, these experiments attempted to determine to what extent people will obey orders from authority figures regardless of consequences. "Obedience to Authority" is Milgram's fascinating and troubling chronicle of his classic study and a vivid and persuasive explanation of his conclusions.

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Great book! Very interesting experiments. Why do people continue to follow corrupt authority? The "teachers" were willing to cause physical pain to someone just because a man in a lab coat instructed ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jess Chan - Goodreads

its really insightful and is written in a way that is very straightforward, breaking down the complex of authority and self will easily to its readers. quick read but good dose of knowledge Read full review

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Stanley Milgram taught social psychology at Yale University and Harvard University before becoming a Distinguished Professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His honors and awards include a Ford Foundation fellowship, an -American Association for the Advancement of Science sociopsychological prize, and a Guggenheim fellowship. He died in 1984 at the age of fifty-one.

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