The Milgram experiment is the name for a number of controversial experiments. These were about psychology. They were done by a psychologist called Stanley Milgram in the 1960s. Milgram wanted to show that people will follow orders, even if following these orders is against their conscience, which he proved. 65% of participants repeatedly gave electric shocks of increasing strength to a man they thought was in very bad pain. However, Milgram found that some of the participants became very nervous. For example, they would laugh and be unable to control it.
Before Milgram did his experiment, he asked fourteen Yale University psychology students what they thought the results would be. On average, the students thought that 1.2% of the teachers would give the biggest electric shock of 450 volts.
Milgram wrote about the experiment in his book Obedience to Authority: An Experimental View. It was published in 1974.
Milgram's experiments have been done again by many psychologists.
The experiment has been mentioned numerous times in pop culture. In the graphic novel V for Vendetta Dr. Surridge said that he has lost faith in humanity because of the experiment. In 2013 there was a conference about it at Nipissing University in Canada.
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