In a podcast from ABC Radio National titled “Beyond the Shock Machine,” reporter Gina Perry searches out participants in Stanley Milgram’s famous experiment on authority in which people believed they were administering shocks to others at the behest of scientific researchers. They summarize Milgram’s original experiment this way:

In the summer of 1961 Stanley Milgram, a 27-year-old associate professor of psychology at Yale University, conducted a series of controversial experiments designed to test the limits of obedience. Volunteers in the experiment were told to give electric shocks to a person they could hear screaming in pain in the room next door. Seemingly ordinary people turned into torturers.

The podcast for the report is available here.

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