Milgram and Zimbardo: Two You Should Know!

Stanley Milgram’s experiment chronicled in his 1963 paper “Obedience to Authority: An Experimental View” is one of the most important and famous psychological experiments ever conducted. And for our purposes, it demonstrates how we are slaves to authority and generally don’t act in a way we want when ordered to do something under the guise of a duty. In more recent times, remembering the conclusions of Milgram’s experiment can explain how atrocities as unthinkable as torture of prisoners of war have happened or even how genocide was allowed to occur during World War II.

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