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Stanley Milgram Obedience Study

Stanley Milgram Obedience Study

Table Interpretation
This table summarises the predictions and results of Stanley Milgram’s study on obedience. The first part shows the predictions that both psychiatrists and college students made before the study took place. This clearly shows that taken as an average the college students would go to a higher level of voltage than that of the psychiatrists. It also shows that neither the psychiatrists nor the college students predicted that they would use the maximum of voltage in this case 450 volts.
The results seen in this table show that in the original study where it was a serious looking man in a lab coat who was the figure of authority giving the orders (the experimenter) the level of shock that the teachers used was much higher than the following two studies. Whereas in the second one, in which an ordinary man gives the orders (variation 1), the level is lower and where the two experimenters gave contradictory instructions (variation 2) was significantly less. As with the percentage of the teachers in the first original study 65% went to the maximum level voltage, but in the same pattern variation 1, 20% went onto to give the maximum voltage. However in variation 2 no teachers used the maximum voltage.
A brief insight into a psychological study useful for student nurses in the workplace.
This report aims to show how and why The Stanley Milgram study on obedience is relevant to prepare a student nurse for working on a hospital ward.
Background
Stanley Milgram was a psychologist who was inspired by the horrors of the Second World War. He wanted to know under what conditions a person would obey someone in authority who commanded actions that went against conscience. Milgram on Milgram (Part 1 obedience experiments) 2010.
Experiment
Stanley Milgram set up an experiment at Yale University testing how much pain an ordinary person would inflict on another person because they have been instructed to by someone in authority. Firstly he asked for...

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