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Post by Peter Fraser on August 5, 2015

Milgram's experiments on obedience: I wonder if women exhibit a greater tendency to disobey ethically dubious orders than men.  If so, this would probably indicate that women have a greater capacity to empathise than men and/or that women have a greater capacity to adhere to their own personally held convictions re ethical standards.  In Western societies women usually have a substantially greater participatory role to play than they do in more autocratically run societies, such as those currently predominant in the Middle East …

Social Psychology: Conformity & Obedience

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Social Psychology 0:11
    • Influence On Our Attitudes and Behavior Can Be Strong
    • Social Psychology
  • Conformity 0:53
    • Mimic the Behavior or Others
    • Mimicking Has Many Beneficial Outcomes
    • Negative Behaviors are Also Mimicked
  • Group Pressure and Conformity 3:24
    • Conformity
    • Solomon Ash
    • The Experiment
    • When Does Conformity Increase
    • Why We Feel Pressure to Conform
    • Normative Social Influence
    • Informational Social Influence
  • Obedience 10:18
    • Compliance and Obedience
    • Stanley Milgram Conducted a Now Famous Experiment
    • The Experiment
    • Point of the Experiment
    • Milgram's Experiment Showed How Influential Orders from an Authority Figure Can Be
    • Factors That Lead to More Obedience
    • If the Situation is Powerful Enough, Normal People Can Become Agents to Terrible Acts