Presents the Stanley Milgram experiment on obedience to authority conducted in 1962 at Yale University. The footage documents both obedient and defiant reactions of subjects ("teachers") who have been instructed to administer electric shocks of increasing severity to another person (the "learner"), when that person incorrectly answers questions asked by the subject. The film notes that in addition to the main protocol, in which the learner is in a booth and can be heard but not seen by the teacher, the experiment also tested the effect of physical proximity of the two individuals. Another variable concerned the impact of the presence of an authority figure in the room instructing the teacher to continue regardless of the apparent distress of the learner, versus delivering the same instructions by telephone. Subjects are interviewed about their actions at the conclusion of the experiment.
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Alexandra, Marc, and Michele Milgram; Source: Library of Congress Copyright Catalog, 1978-present; Research date: 20190318
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Chief investigator, narration and production, Stanley Milgram ; production and editorial supervision, Christopher Johnson.