The Life of Stanley Milgram

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“It may be that we are puppets-puppets controlled by the strings of society. But at least we are puppets with perception, with awareness. And perhaps our awareness is the first step to our liberation.” Stanley Milgram made ground breaking discoveries in the field of psychology with his many experiments on obedience and people’s ability to have an effect on the actions of others. From one of his experiments was derived “The Six Degrees of Separation,” which is still studied today in psychology classes (Biography). He would come to be known as, “the man who shocked the world,” with a single experiment.

Stanley Milgram was born in New York City in 1933 (Miller 1997). He was the son of Jewish immigrants, Adele and Samuel Milgram, and he had an older sister, Marjorie, as well as a younger brother, Joel (Raver). Milgram graduated in 1950 from James Monroe High School in just three years by taking heavier class loads than other students (Raver), and then went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from Queens College in 1954. After finishing his degree at Queens, Stanley decided to further his education and receive his Ph.D. from Harvard while studying under the guidance of Gordon Allport (Miller). He wrote his dissertation on the cross-cultural comparisons of conformity in both France and Norway from 1957-1959. He used a technique that had been developed by Solomon Asch, who he was later assigned to, to work as his research assistant. During this time, be familiarized himself with Asch’s experiments on conformity and his interest quickly grew. Stanley Milgram received his Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University in June of 1960. That very fall, he continued on to become an assistant professor at the Ivy League school, Yale University. ...

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...ared about getting results from his studies, he also cared about the treatment of his participants.

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