Psychological Research

Topics: Psychology, Stanford prison experiment, Milgram experiment Pages: 2 (515 words) Published: January 13, 2013
How obedient are we as individuals and how far are we willing to go in order to obey orders from figures of authority?

The report shall focus upon:
A small summary of the main issues that shall be raised in the report, whilst aiming to analyse the findings, with regards why this could have lead us to understand human behaviour in a military context, with regards to the relevance in society today. Provide a brief insight into the term obedience.

Use the work of Milgram to explore and conclude ideas of why and how or if people follow orders from authority. The issues established during the world war using the work of Milgram in relation to obeying authority figures in a military context today, and also aiming to provide an understanding of the relevance now. Summary


Stanley Milgram was a Psychologist who was born in 1993 in the USA, his parents both Jewish emigrated there from Europe (Banyard, 2010, p.62). He was drawn in particular to the consequences of World War ll. Milgram wanted to investigate further whether the Germans were in particular obedient to figures of authority as this was commonly used as an explanation from the Nazi killings in world war ll (Baynard, 2010, p.63). He basically wanted to see how far people would be willing to go by obeying orders that could potentially harm another person. Milgram then devised and carried out an experiment which was known as one of the most famous studies of obedience in psychology focusing upon the conflict between obedience to authority and a person’s own conscience, how could people carry out such evil actions or was it the fact they were just obeying orders? (Baynard, 2010, p.65). His experiment did raise a lot of concern about a person’s mental well-being in regards to being aggressively obedient, and the ethics of this ‘principles that determine right or wrong in psychological research, codes and principals researchers should adhere to’ (Baynard, 2010, p .77). Many...
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