Introduction

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In this critique, we examine the famous Milgram psychological experiment of 1963. Milgram, S. (1963). Behavioral study of obedience. Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 67(4), 371-378. The experiment was conducted by Stanley Milgram, who at the time of the experiment was beginning his academic career as an assistant professor of psychology at Yale University, after having studied at Queens College and Harvard. Mount Holyoke College (n.d.). Stanley Milgram: His life and work. Retrieved from http://www.mtholyoke.edu/~apkokot/MilgramBio.htm. The study was conducted to test the observational and historical belief that “for many persons obedience may be a deeply ingrained behavior impulse overriding training in ethics, sympathy, and moral conduct” (Milgram, 1963). The historical and observational evidence for this belief is the obedience required of German citizens to carry out the Holocaust at the command of authorities (Milgram, 1963). The subjects in the study were 40 males of varying ages, levels of education, and occupations, from New Haven, Connecticut and surrounding ar...

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