Research Methods and the Milgram Experiment(s)

I have intentionally titled this post as above because there is the sense (amongst those who are aware of Stanley Milgram’s work) that the “obediance” experiment was just that–a single experiment. However, as Gina Perry at Discover Magazine informs us, Milgram actually performed a series of a couple of dozen experiments, varying the conditions from experiment to experiment. Let’s have a quick look at the specifics of the experiment by watching the video below..

Here are a few questions that we’ll discuss in class today that are prompted by this video:

  1. What practical considerations did Milgram overlook when conducting his research
  2. From what ontological perspective was Milgram working?
  3. What did we learn about obedience from the Milgram experiment?
  4. What political ramifications with regard to war and soldiers come out of Milgram’s experiment?
  5. How do the lessons learned from the Milgram experiment help us to design better research methods?


One thought on “Research Methods and the Milgram Experiment(s)”

  1. Hi my name is Sally Leung, from IS 210 J100 class

    Milgram is trying to experience how the German soldiers could do that to Jews. In my own opinion, German soldiers at that time was believed that German were the best race on earth, so that’s why they could do that to Jews without any humane.

    In the case of his experience, those people did not have a strong correlation with the authority, which we could say Milgram and maybe his team, the humane stayed and had a higher position than the authority that they should listen to. With the strong nationalism of German in WWII period and normal people either hired or voluntarily participated in the experiment, they had different results.

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