Page 3-: Introduction Current theories about the topic. Citing those will give you more credibility because good research is thought to be based on other knowledge and empirical (observed) evidence.
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The conclusion is that, contrary to common belief, personal ethics mean little when pitted against authority.
Current theories focus on personal characteristics to explain wrong-doing and how someone can intentionally harm others.
There are few facts about the role of obedience when committing acts against one’s personal conscience (1961).
Most theories suggest that only very disturbed people are capable of administering pain to an ordinary citizen if they are ordered to do so.Of the 40 participants in the study, 26 delivered the maximum shocks.14 persons did not obey the experimenter and stopped before reaching the highest levels.Many continued to follow orders throughout even though they were clearly uncomfortable.The study shows that people are able to harm others intentionally if ordered to do so.Once the 300-volt level had been reached, the learner banged on the wall and demanded to be released.Beyond this point, the learner became completely silent and refused to answer any more questions.The shock generator had switches labeled with different voltages, starting at 30 volts and increasing in 15-volt increments all the way up to 450 volts.The switches were also labeled with terms which reminded the participant of how dangerous the shocks were.The experimenter then instructed the participant to treat this silence as an incorrect response and deliver a further shock.When asking the experimenter if they should stop, they were instructed to continue.