ERIC Number: EJ825163
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
Replicating Milgram Would People Still Obey Today?
Burger, Jerry M.
American Psychologist, v64 n1 p1-11 Jan 2009
The author conducted a partial replication of Stanley Milgram's (1963, 1965, 1974) obedience studies that allowed for useful comparisons with the original investigations while protecting the well-being of participants. Seventy adults participated in a replication of Milgram's Experiment 5 up to the point at which they first heard the learner's verbal protest (150 volts). Because 79% of Milgram's participants who went past this point continued to the end of the shock generator's range, reasonable estimates could be made about what the present participants would have done if allowed to continue. Obedience rates in the 2006 replication were only slightly lower than those Milgram found 45 years earlier. Contrary to expectation, participants who saw a confederate refuse the experimenter's instructions obeyed as often as those who saw no model. Men and women did not differ in their rates of obedience, but there was some evidence that individual differences in empathic concern and desire for control affected participants' responses. (Contains 5 tables and 3 footnotes.)
Descriptors: Adults, Well Being, Investigations, Empathy, Individual Differences, Compliance (Psychology), Social Behavior, Experiments, Models, Responses, Social Psychology, Gender Differences, Ethnicity
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