THE MILGRAM EXPERIMENT
INSTRUCTIONS: The video above shows a modern reenactment of the original Milgram experiment (conducted in 1961) as part of a recent British reality television show. After watching the video answer each the following questions in 2-3 paragraphs. For full credit answers must respond to questions comprehensively with relevant examples and/or arguments. Please look at the rubric for written assignments and the plagiarism statement in the syllabus before completing this assignment.
- What was the research question that the Milgram experiment attempted to answer? Describe what was done as part of the experiment.
- What were the main results and conclusions of the Milgram experiment? In your view, why did most of the subjects of the experiment act the way they did?
- How do social experiments and surveys differ in terms of the data/information that can be obtained from each? Why do you think that Dr. Milgram chose to carry out this experiment instead of surveying participants?
- In your view, what are some of the ethical considerations to keep in mind when doing social experiments? How might some of these ethical considerations relate to the Milgram experiment?
THE SOLOMON ASCH EXPERIMENT
INSTRUCTIONS: After watching the video describing the Solom Asch experiment, answer EACH the following questions in 2-3 complete paragraphs. For full credit, answers must respond to questions comprehensively with relevant examples and/or arguments. Please look at the rubric for written assignments and the plagiarism statement in the syllabus before completing this assignment.
- What did the Asch experiment attempt to answer? Describe what was done as part of the experiment and its variations. How did the results change based on the experiment variations?
- Based on your own observations and class materials, what factors increase the likelihood that an individual will conform to group pressure?
- Mention and describe two notable examples (from history, current events, case studies, etc.) in which group pressure was a key element in an individual’s decision-making process?