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If someone was to perform Milgram's shock experiment today do you think they would get the same results?

I my just curious to see what people think.  I know that this experiment would be unethical now but im just curious to see if people think that it would have the same results?

asked Sep 21, 2011 in History of Psychology by anonymous

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It is difficult to say.  It seems as though society has evolved since the time the experiment took place and we would hope that the result would be different.  Similar more recent studies have shown similar results.  There is also very likely a difference in the way each individual culture might respond to the experiement.  Some cultures stress obedience to authority much more than others.  In the United States it seems that we have become much more individualistic as a society and may have less respect for authoriety.  This is an interesting question which probably will never be answered because of the ethical concerns.
answered Sep 21, 2011 by anonymous
Quote from an interesting article:

"People learning about Milgram's work often wonder whether results would be any different today," said Burger, a professor at Santa Clara University. "Many point to the lessons of the Holocaust and argue that there is greater societal awareness of the dangers of blind obedience. But what I found is the same situational factors that affected obedience in Milgram's experiments still operate today."


Full article can be found at

answered Sep 22, 2011 by anonymous
his experiments have been replicated many times. the only difference is that due to ethical standards we can no longer "shock"' people at such a high velocity. in his replicated studies there is a cut off point where the study is discontiued. the people who made it that high in the origional study would go all the way to the highest velocity. so some speculate that if a person can go to a certain point they'd go all the way.
answered Nov 3, 2011 by mnsc410 (370 points)