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‘Experimenter’ Star Peter Sarsgaard On Stanley Milgram

Posted on October 18, 2015

  From NPR: The Milgram experiments showed that humans will do bad things under the right circumstances. NPR’s Rachel Martin interviews the star of the film “Experimenter” that explores Stanley Milgram’s life. Related Situationist posts: The Milgram Experiment Yet Again (Again!) Milgram Experiment at 50 Years Shocking for Money The Power of the Situation Video on the Original Milgram Experiment […]

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Conference on the Legacy of Stanley Milgram

Posted on October 25, 2013

Yale Law School is hosting a conference on the Legacy of Stanley Milgram this Saturday.  Unsurprisingly, many Situationist Contributors (Thomas Blass, Jon Hanson, Dan Kahan, and Tom Tyler) and Situationist friends (Phoebe Ellsworth, Doug Kysar, and Jaime Napier) will be participating.  The conference agenda is below. Saturday, October 26, 2013 Yale Law School Sponsored by […]

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The Situation of Stanley Milgram’s Obedience Experiments

Posted on April 3, 2010

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 […]

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Revisiting Milgram and Zimbardo’s Studies

Posted on November 23, 2012

A new essay in PLOS Biology returns to the path-breaking research of Stanley Milgram and Situationist Contributor Phil  Zimbardo and asks whether the studies demonstrate the power of blind conformity or something else.  In particular, the authors, Alex Haslam and Stephen Reicher, are interested in the possibility that social identification might be driving the dynamic.  […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Ideology, Morality, Situationist Contributors, Social Psychology | 3 Comments »

The Milgram Experiment Yet Again (Again!)

Posted on October 29, 2011

The Discovery channel’s CURIOSITY asks “How Evil Are You?” and replicates the Milgram experiment on Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 9PM e/p. Related Situationist posts: Milgram Experiment at 50 Years Shocking for Money The Power of the Situation “Video on the Original Milgram Experiment,” <Milgram-Inspired Movie “The Situation of Stanley Milgram’s Obedience Experiments,” “Milgram Replicated on French TV – ‘The Game […]

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Milgram Experiment at 50 Years

Posted on October 4, 2011

From Yale Daily News: “The experiment requires that you continue. It is absolutely essential that you continue. You have no other choice, you must go on.” These were the words spoken to participants of Yale professor Stanley Milgram’s social psychology experiment testing obedience to authority figures. Milgram’s experiment, conducted at Yale in the early 1960s, […]

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Milgram-Inspired Movie

Posted on March 15, 2011

For those of you who missed this 1975 CBS movie, inspired by Stanley Milgram’s obedience experiments, here’s your chance to watch “The Tenth Level.” * * * * * * * * * * * * Related Situationist posts: “Video on the Original Milgram Experiment,” “The Situation of Stanley Milgram’s Obedience Experiments,” “Milgram Replicated on French TV […]

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Video on the Original Milgram Experiment

Posted on April 26, 2010

From Wikipedia: The Milgram experiment on obedience to authority figures was a series of social psychologyexperiments conducted by Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram, which measured the willingness of study participants to obey an authority figure who instructed them to perform acts that conflicted with their personal conscience. Milgram first described his research in 1963 in […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Classic Experiments, Social Psychology, Video | 5 Comments »

Virtual Milgram

Posted on May 14, 2009

From ICT Results: Despite advances in computer graphics, few people would think virtual characters or objects are real. Yet placed in a virtual reality environment most people will interact with them as if they are really there. European researchers are finding out why. In trying to understand presence – the propensity of humans to respond […]

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Posted in Classic Experiments, Illusions, Video | 1 Comment »

The Justice Department, Milgram, & Torture

Posted on April 30, 2009

From Situationist friend Michael Cross, we received the following message regarding Tuesday night’s John Stewart interview of Cliff May on The Daily Show (below). * * * * * * In the beginning of the interview, May says that he doesn’t believe anyone in the current or previous administration was “pro-torture.”  He then explains that […]

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Zimbardo on Milgram and Obedience – Part II

Posted on April 16, 2009

Situationist Contributer Philip Zimbardo has authored the preface to a new edition of social psychologist Stanley Milgram’s seminal book Obedience to Authority. This is the second of a two-part series derived from that preface. In Part I of the post, Zimbardo describes the inculcation of obedience and Milgram’s role as a research pioneer. In this […]

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Zimbardo on Milgram and Obedience – Part I

Posted on April 14, 2009

Situationist contributer Philip Zimbardo has authored the preface to a new edition of social psychologist Stanley Milgram’s pathbreaking and now-classic book Obedience to Authority.  This is the first of a two-part series derived from that preface.  In this post, Zimbardo describes the inculcation of obedience and Milgram’s role as a research pioneer.  In Part II, […]

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Posted in Book, Classic Experiments, Conflict, Social Psychology | 4 Comments »

The Milgram Experiment Today?

Posted on December 22, 2007

Students commonly assume that, even if Milgram’s famous experiment sheds important light on the power of situation today, were his experiment precisely reproduced today, it would not generate comparable results. To oversimplify the argument behind that claim: The power of white lab coats just ain’t what it used to be. Of course, that assertion has […]

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Compliance – The Movie

Posted on August 20, 2012

From MagnoliaPictures: When a police officer tells you to do something, you do it. Right? Inspired by true events, COMPLIANCE tells the chilling story of just how far one might go to obey a figure of authority. On a particularly busy day at a suburban Ohio fast food joint, high-strung manager Sandra (Ann Dowd (Garden […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Morality, Social Psychology, Video | 2 Comments »

RADIOLAB on the Situation of Badness

Posted on January 19, 2012

From RADIOLAB: Cruelty, violence, badness… This episode of Radiolab, we wrestle with the dark side of human nature, and ask whether it’s something we can ever really understand, or fully escape. We begin with a chilling statistic: 91% of men, and 84% of women, have fantasized about killing someone. We take a look at one […]

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Assistance and Obedience

Posted on December 10, 2011

From CNN Blog by Alan Elms: During my first several weeks as Stanley Milgram’s research assistant, I did the sorts of things that research assistants often do. I transcribed Milgram’s dictations and drafts of research procedures into neatly typed pages. I began to keep files of research volunteers: Their age, educational background, occupation, address and […]

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The Situation of Penn State Bystanders

Posted on November 14, 2011

Many blame-laden fingers have been pointed at those who didn’t act immediately and decisively to stop the sexual atrocities that took place at Penn State.  We all know what the right thing to do was, and we are all confident that we would have done it. But should we be? To state the obvious, what […]

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The obedience experiments at 50

Posted on November 9, 2011

This essay was published originally in the online version of the APS Observer: This year is the 50th anniversary of the start of Stanley Milgram’s groundbreaking experiments on obedience to destructive orders — the most famous, controversial and, arguably, most important psychological research of our times. To commemorate this milestone, in this article I present […]

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A New Situationist Contributor – Thomas Blass

Posted on November 6, 2011

We are thrilled to introduce a new Situationist Contributor, Dr. Thomas Blass. Thomas Blass is an internationally acclaimed social psychologist and the recognized expert on obedience to authority as well as, more broadly, the research and legacy of Stanley Milgram. A Holocaust survivor born in Budapest, Hungary during World War II, Dr. Blass was a […]

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Group Influence

Posted on June 2, 2011

From the instructional video series Psychology: The Human Experience: Influence explains individuality, group behavior, and deindividuation. Related Situationist posts: The Power of the Situation “Video on the Original Milgram Experiment,” Gender Conformity “Solomon Asch’s Classic Group-Influence Experiment,” “The Situational Effect of Groups,” Milgram-Inspired Movie “The Situation of Stanley Milgram’s Obedience Experiments,” “Milgram Replicated on French TV – ‘The Game of Death’,” “A Shocking Situation,” […]

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Posted in Classic Experiments, Conflict, History, Ideology, Morality, Social Psychology, Video | 1 Comment »