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Behind the shock machine : the untold story of the notorious Milgram psychology experiments

Author: Gina Perry
Publisher: New York : New Press, 2013. ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Revised editionView all editions and formats
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In the summer of 1961, a group of men and women at Yale volunteered for a memory experiment to be conducted by the young, dynamic psychologist Stanley Milgram. The volunteers were placed in front of a shock machine and asked to administer a series of electric shocks to a man they'd just met. What they didn't know was that the man was an actor, the shocks were fake, and what was really being tested was just how far  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Named Person: Stanley Milgram; Stanley Milgram
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gina Perry
ISBN: 9781595589217 159558921X
OCLC Number: 841516510
Notes: Originally published in Australia by Scribe, Brunswick, 2012.
Description: x, 339 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Note to readers --
Time line of the obedience experiments --
Prologue --
Introduction --
The man behind the mirror --
Going all the way --
The limits of debriefing --
Subjects as objects --
Disobedience --
The secret experiments --
Milgram's staff --
In search of a theory --
The ethical controversy --
Milgram's book --
Representing obedience --
Conclusion --
Appendix: list of conditions --
Acknowledgments --
Notes --
Additional sources.
Responsibility: Gina Perry.

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In the summer of 1961, a group of men and women at Yale volunteered for a memory experiment to be conducted by the young, dynamic psychologist Stanley Milgram. The volunteers were placed in front of a shock machine and asked to administer a series of electric shocks to a man they'd just met. What they didn't know was that the man was an actor, the shocks were fake, and what was really being tested was just how far they would go. None of the participants could have foreseen the worldwide sensation the results would cause. Milgram reported that the volunteers had repeatedly shocked a man they believed to be in severe pain, possibly even dying, because an authority figure had told them to. He linked this behavior to atrocities perpetrated by ordinary people under the Nazi regime. In Behind the Shock Machine, psychologist and author Gina Perry unearths the full story of this controversial experiment and its startling repercussions. Interviewing the original participants and delving deep into the Yale archives and Milgram's unpublished files and notebooks, she pieces together a more complex picture of this flawed experiment: volunteers were not as obedient as later claimed; they were subjected to more intense and sustained pressure; some left unaware that the shocks had been faked; and, most significantly, many participants remain haunted by what they had done. Fleshed out with dramatic transcripts of the tests themselves, Perry puts a human face on the statistics and offers a gripping, unforgettable tale of one man's ambition and an experiment that defined a generation.

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