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Obedience is a basic part in the structure of society and its destructiveness has been questioned throughout time Stanley Milgram conducted an experiment to test the destructiveness of obedience however Diana Baumrind discredits Milgram and criticizes his experiments in her article Review of Stanley Milgrams Experiments on Obedience Baumrinds commentary discusses how Milgrams experiments could not make a difference in society claiming that the subjects experienced emotional harm and the procedures were carried out in an environment which could have influenced the results Milgrams experiments were an attempt to discover the control authority has over society Milgram wanted to test the level of obedience in society by seeing how much pain a person would inflict on another because they were given orders The experiment was conducted at Yale University inside a laboratory The tests consisted of a teacher who is the subject a learner who is an actor and an experimenter who gives the orders The teacher gives the learner shocks increasing the voltage with each wrong answer while the experimenter watches The learner protested the shocks by screaming and yelling Throughout the experiments many of the subjects argued with the authority figure due to the harm they were inflicting on the learner but did not stop the tests fearing that they would seem disrespectful Some of the subjects were happy with the experiment thinking they were a step which could lead to scientific knowledge Those that were upset with the experiment thought that due to the learners protests nothing was accomplished A survey was taken before the experiment to see how far people thought the subjects would go Many people believed that the subjects would be disobedient but the results were different Many of the subjects were actually obedient throughout the experiment Milgram concluded that many people were able to carry out destructive deeds because they were following orders By obeying orders and participating in the experiment the subjects experienced emotional harm
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