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ERIC Number: EJ825165
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-0003-066X
The Power of the Situation: The Impact of Milgram's Obedience Studies on Personality and Social Psychology
Benjamin, Ludy T., Jr.; Simpson, Jeffry A.
American Psychologist, v64 n1 p12-19 Jan 2009
Few psychological studies, if any, can claim a legacy as imposing as the obedience studies of Stanley Milgram. Their impact was of notable consequence in the separate spheres of research ethics, research design, and theory in psychology, and they changed the ways that psychologists conceptualize and conduct their research. The authors discuss the legacy of these studies, especially as they effected dramatic changes in the fields of personality and social psychology. The article concludes with a discussion of what psychological science has lost in the aftermath of Milgram--high impact studies--and the salience that such research has in illuminating the most significant problems of our society, studies that could produce great human benefits.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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