Thursday, October 11, 2007

Exploring Psychology: Stanley Milgram's Shocking Research

Exploring Psychology

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The late Stanley Milgram is widely regarded as one of the most influential social psychologists' ever. His controversial experiments into obedience in the early 1960's continue to be debated and discussed in psychology classes across the world. The following video stands as testament to this.

The video which originally began as a podcast was put together by Mike Marinetto for a University course on research methods to illustrate how ethical considerations enter the research process.

Milgram's obedience experiments had a profound effect on ethical conduct within psychological research and this type of research would simply not be allowed today. However, the following video shows a modern reenactment of the Milgram experiment carried out by psychological illusionist Derren Brown for his TV show 'The Heist'

The Man Who Shocked the World: The Life and Legacy of Stanley Milgram by Thomas Blass

Book Description

The sole and definitive biography of one of the 20th century's most influential and controversial psychologists.

The creator of the famous "Obedience Experiments," carried out at Yale in the 1960s, and originator of the "six degrees of separation" concept, Stanley Milgram was one of the most innovative scientists of our time. In this sparkling biography--the first in-depth portrait of Milgram--Thomas Blass captures the colorful personality and pioneering work of a social psychologist who profoundly altered the way we think about human nature.

Born in the Bronx in 1933, Stanley Milgram was the son of Eastern European Jews, and his powerful Obedience Experiments had obvious intellectual roots in the Holocaust. The experiments, which confirmed that "normal" people would readily inflict pain on innocent victims at the behest of an authority figure, generated a firestorm of public interest and outrage-proving, as they did, that moral beliefs were far more malleable than previously thought. But Milgram also explored other aspects of social psychology, from information overload to television violence to the notion that we live in a small world. Although he died suddenly at the height of his career, his work continues to shape the way we live and think today. Blass offers a brilliant portrait of an eccentric visionary scientist who revealed the hidden workings of our very social world. See following link for full details.

The Man Who Shocked the World: The Life and Legacy of Stanley Milgram

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