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Should Experimental tests on Obedience be performed Through the years many psychologists have studied how human beings follow authority or a group over their own conscience in many cases Yet people have also shown that they can go against authority and do what they feel right Is being obedient wrong In many cases obedience is necessary to live communal lives Yet if this obedience makes you go against your own conscience and harm another human being you should not obey Another question posed is if performing experiments on obedience is harmful In an experiment performed by Stanley Milgram how much pain an ordinary citizen would inflict on another person if ordered to by an experimenter was tested The study took place in a laboratory at Yale University where people were randomly selected off the street and paid to be part of the study The study consisted of a learner who was read word pairs and asked to remember them The teacher was to read off the word pairs and then ask the learner to pair the words correctly If the learner answers incorrectly the teacher would give the learner a shock As the learner answered more questions incorrectly the shock voltage would increase Each teacher received a sample shock of 45 volts to show the authenticity of the machine Yet in reality the learner did not receive any shocks and he was really an actor As the voltage increases the actor or learner begins to complain of pain and at 150 volts he demands to be released Through the experiment many become tense and ask the experimenter to stop but are urged to continue About 60 of the people drawn from every stratum of New Haven were fully obedient to the experimenter Milgram 351 When the teachers had to forcibly push the learners hand onto the shock plate 30 were willing to deliver 450 volts Milgram 352 Also when the experimenter was communicating by phone
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