Behind the Shock Machine

Behind the Shock Machine

The Untold Story of the Notorious Milgram Psychology Experiments

eBook - 2013
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When social psychologist Stanley Milgram invited volunteers to take part in an experiment at Yale in the summer of 1961, none of the participants could have foreseen the worldwide sensation that the published results would cause. Milgram reported that fully 65 percent of the volunteers had repeatedly administered electric shocks of increasing strength to a man they believed to be in severe pain, even suffering a life-threatening heart condition, simply because an authority figure had told them to do so. Such behavior was linked to atrocities committed by ordinary people under the Nazi reg.
Publisher: New York : The New Press, 2013.
ISBN: 9781595589255
1595589252
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 339 pages)

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humbleworm
May 23, 2018

Not a gripping read but interesting to learn about the flaws, variations and impact of Milgram's famous experiment(s). What I had thought was fairly straightforward proof of what people are capable of when divested of responsibility for their actions was actually more complex. Most of the subjects appear to have been recruited with certain results in mind and even they resisted in the face of repeated coercion and intimidation, suffering long-term trauma as a result. Although this investigation doesn't refute or completely discredit Milgram's findings, it does weaken them and restore some faith in humanity. If you like this type of book, you may also like Luria's Mind of the Mnemonist or the completely unrelated Flash Boys.

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May 23, 2018

humbleworm thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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