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ERIC Number: EJ1122606
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6283
Milgram's Obedience Study: A Contentious Classic Reinterpreted
Griggs, Richard A.
Teaching of Psychology, v44 n1 p32-37 Jan 2017
Given the many older criticisms of Milgram's obedience study and the more damning recent criticisms based on analyses of materials available in the Milgram archives at Yale, this study has become a contentious classic. Yet, current social psychology textbooks present it as an uncontentious classic, with no coverage of the recent criticisms and little coverage of the older ones. Also, none of the texts present any coverage of the recent reinterpretation of the study's findings in terms of engaged followership based on participants' acceptance of the experimenter's scientific goals. Hence, the present article provides sources for summaries of the criticisms and a summary of the reinterpretation and its supporting empirical research for teachers who want to incorporate coverage into their courses.
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Language: English
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