ABC News Primetime Basic Instincts 5: The Milgram Experiment Re-Visited
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(Aug 27, 2007)
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Do people listen to those in positions of authority, even if what they are telling them is wrong? That question was at the heart of the famous Stanley Milgram psychology experiments and still remains today. From the events at Abu Ghraib to Nazi Germany, people have always struggled to understand why seemingly ordinary people can sometimes do bad, or even terrible, things. Primetime working with a major university, conducts the experiment again to see whether people's responses have changed since the original Milgram experiment in 1961.
Anchor: Chris Cuomo
Airdate: January 3, 2007
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Another interesting fact is that the re-creation of Milgram's study differentiates between male and female subjects. It also interviews subjects afterward and questions them about their behavior. Truly great for an hour video and for the price.
Also explanatory enough to be fascinating for a "layperson" - my husband loved it!
I especially appreciated the additional case studies and experiments (such as Zimbardo's prison experiment) that the special addressed in detail.
I first saw the original Milgram experiment in an educational psychology class when I was a college student in the mid-seventies. While this recreation is not as extreme (the "shocks" only go up to 150, the original went to 450), the results are still as conclusive: people are capable of doing unspeakable things so long as someone in a position of authority tells them to.
I show this film (the first fifteen minutes anyway) to my students during our reading of "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." It leads to an interesting discussion of why some people/groups do the things they do. What role did political leaders, church leaders have in the acceptance of slavery? I even use the study's findings to explore why the lynching of Colonel Sherburn failed. I bring this video up again when we read Orwell's "Animal Farm." [Note: I choose not to use the McDonald's or the Abu Ghraib scenes in the classroom because of some of the graphic (albeit censored) footage.]
Original broadcast date: Jan. 3, 2007; running time: 34:36 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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This special is quite good for high school students. I don't think it would work at a higher level as it leans a bit toward being a tad dramatic here and there. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Rachel Cairns
I use this video in my high school English classes when I teach 1984. It is a great overview of the psychological experiments I was already using as a basis for my students to... Read morePublished on November 6, 2013 by Jen
Although the video is well done and great for psychology, ethics, research methods or sociology classes, a significant downfall of this product is the lack of closed captioning. Read morePublished on November 6, 2013 by Michael S. Melnick
very good for use in my psych class, however there was not a great deal of explanation - it is more of a rerun of the show - still a good one!Published on October 4, 2013 by Lonmartens