Obedience to authority

Some of you may be familiar with the MacDonald’s incident of 2005 where a hoax caller masqueraded as a policeman and delivered orders over the phone. Astonishingly he was obeyed despite the extreme nature of his instructions (read about the event  here ). I recently gave a talk in London including this event in my talk […]

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Milgram …. bovvered?

A clip from the classic obedience studies conducted by Stanley Milgram. If you haven’t studied this experiment already on your psychology course, you can pretty much guarantee that you will at some point. The studies are controversial because of ethical concerns: Did Milgram do enough to look after his participants? The conventional argument is no, he did […]

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