Milgram Shock Experiment
In 1963, Stanley Milgram sought to gauge just how obedient people could be, basing his idea off of the Nazis that claimed they were just “following orders.” Forty participants were gathered and charged with shocking a third party whenever they answered a question incorrectly that was posed by Milgram. Though the person being “shocked” was an actor and no harm was being done, the subjects believed they were administering up to 450 volts of electricity, especially as the recipient was a rather convincing performer and begged for reprieve. Though 35% stopped when the voltage was at its max, all 40 subjects heeded Milgram’s orders up to 300 volts. While no physical harm was done to anyone, Milgram’s experiment is criticized for the mental anguish placed upon the subjects who responded as Milgram told them that they had to.