author={Stanley Milgram},
  journal={Journal of abnormal psychology},
  • S. Milgram
  • Published 1963
  • Psychology
  • Journal of abnormal psychology
This article describes a procedure for the study of destructive obedience in the laboratory. It consists of ordering a naive S to administer increasingly more severe punishment to a victim in the context of a learning experiment. Punishment is administered by means of a shock generator with 30 graded switches ranging from Slight Shock to Danger: Severe Shock. The victim is a confederate of the E. The primary dependent variable is the maximum shock the S is willing to administer before he… 

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