Effects of Social Intelligence on the Milgram Paradigm

  title={Effects of Social Intelligence on the Milgram Paradigm},
  author={Peter M. Burley and J. Michael McGuinness},
  journal={Psychological Reports},
  pages={767 - 770}
The study examined the effects of social intelligence on the Milgram (1963) paradigm. 24 male subjects were commanded by the experimenter to administer electric shocks (simulated to appear real) to a confederate. Social intelligence as measured significantly mediated the degree to which subjects were prepared to obey the experimenter's commands and inflict suffering on another. The finding was interpreted as suggesting that broader personality differences relating to obedience-disobedience and… 
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