If Hitler Asked you to Electrocute someone would you?


This was the question driving Stanley Milgrim as he sat down in his office at Yale in the early 1960s.

Milgrim would go on to develop and carry out the most famous series of social psychology experiments in the history of the discipline.

Read about Milgrim’s experiments below and be prepared to have a conversation about them next class! We’ll watch Zimbardo’s TED talk on the Lucifer Effect as well for triangulation.

If Hitler Asked you to electrocute-Milgrim explained



Philip Zimbardo of Stanford on the Lucifer Effect: 

Rethinking Milgrim and Obedience

Perhaps the most famous experiment in all of cognitive and social psychology, Stanley Milgrim’s Obedience Research has been replicated in various cultures, times and context.  However his original research is getting looked at in a new light given the opening of his archives at YALE.  Read the article below and we’ll discuss if we should rethink his results or if they’re just as robust as ever.