Nestar John Charles Russell is publishing an article, titled “Milgram’s obedience to authority experiments: Origins and early evolution.” Here’s the abstract.
Stanley Milgram’s Obedience to Authority experiments remain one of the most inspired contributions in the ﬁeld of social psychology. Although Milgram undertook more than 20 experimental variations, his most (in)famous result was the ﬁrst ofﬁcial trial run–the remote condition and its 65% completion rate. Drawing on many unpublished documents from Milgram’s personal archive at Yale University, this article traces the historical origins and early evolution of the obedience experiments. Part 1 presents the previous experiences that led to Milgram’s conception of his rudimentary research idea and then details the role of his intuition in its reﬁnement. Part 2 traces the conversion of Milgram’s evolving idea into a reality, paying particular attention to his application of the exploratory method of discovery during several pilot studies. Both parts illuminate Milgram’s ad hoc introduction of various manipulative techniques and subtle tension-resolving reﬁnements. The procedural adjustments continued until Milgram was conﬁdent that the ﬁrst ofﬁcial experiment would produce a high completion rate, a result contrary to expectations of people’s behaviour. Showing how Milgram conceived of, then arrived at, this ﬁrst ofﬁcial result is important because the insights gained may help others to determine theoretically why so many participants completed this experiment.
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You can download the article for free here. (Thanks to Situationist friend, Brandon Weiss, for sending us this link.)
For a sample of related Situationist posts, “Milgram Replicated on French TV – ‘The Game of Death’,” “A Shocking Situation,” “Zimbardo on Milgram and Obedience – Part I,” “The Case for Obedience,” “Replicating Milgram’s Obedience Experiment – Yet Again,” “Jonestown (The Situation of Evil) Revisited,” “Milgram Remake,” and “The Milgram Experiment Today?.”