What 1960s Psychology Got Wrong About The Human Capacity For Evil

March 13, 2015 12:23 PM

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What 1960s Psychology Got Wrong About The Human Capacity For Evil

Remember Milgram's classic experiment on obedience to authority? Anyone who's taken Psychology 101 will recall the infamous 1963 study, in which participants were asked to administer increasingly painful electrical shocks to an innocent person.

The experiment, conducted by Yale psychologist Stanley Milgram, revealed that an overwhelming majority of people would follow orders to administer the maximum shock, even if they felt uncomfortable about hurting another person (who was actually an actor pretending to be in pain).

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