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The New British Milgram Experiments. In 1962, Stanley Milgram, a professor at Yale University, conducted one of the most controversial hallmark studies in social psychology. What became known as the "Milgram Experiment" shocked the scientific world as it highlighted the nature of human obedience. Findings from the study elaborated the root cause of how ordinary people could commit brutal, humiliating acts. Despite the profound nature of studies such as the Milgram Experiment and Stanford Prison Experiments, we continue to see the dark side of human nature in the news (e.g. U.S. abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib). Check out the shocking recreation of the Milgram Experiments from a U.K. perspective. Check out the original experiments here.


What happens when you put good people in an evil place? Does humanity win over evil, or does evil triumph? These are some of the questions posed in this dramatic simulation of prison life conducted in 1971 at Stanford University.

"How we went about testing these questions and what we found may astound you. Our planned two-week investigation into the psychology of prison life had to be ended after only six days because of what the situation was doing to the college students who participated. In only a few days, our guards became sadistic and our prisoners became depressed and showed signs of extreme stress. Please read the story of what happened and what it tells us about the nature of human nature."

Professor Philip G. Zimbardo


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