Module Chapter 14 Discussion Assignment



One form of social influence is obedience, which involves “going along with direct commands, usually from someone in a position of authority” (Huffman & Sanderson, 2014, p. 406).

The following video clips are replications of Milgrams’ study on obedience and Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison experiment. After viewing, answer the discussion questions.

Replication of Milgram’s Experiment by the BBC (5:59)

Zimbardo’s Prison Experiment (5:24)

Discussion Questions

1. In your opinion, why did the “teachers” in the Milgram study obey the orders to administer deadly shocks to the “learner” despite his moral objection?

2. According to your text, what are the four factors that influence obedience according to Milgram?

3. Compare and contrast the findings of Milgram’s study and Zimbardo’s experiment. In your opinion, which was more more disturbing? Explain why?


Before you begin, remember to review the class Discussion Board Guidelines.

Your original post, in response to the discussion prompt above, should contain a minimum of 125 words, not including restatement of questions or reference sections. Utilize critical thinking, and support your work with additional resources as applicable.

Finally, any content that is paraphrased, summarized or quoted in your discussion post or response must be must be cited using APA format. For more information on APA format, review the OWL Guide: APA General Format (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.


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