Describe & Evaluate the Psychological Research Into Obedience.

Describe & evaluate the psychological research into obedience.
Obedience the Dictionary tells us is, “The act of obeying, or the state of being obedient; compliance with that which is required by authority; subjection to rightful restraint or control” Stanley Milgram performed experimental research in order to define the psychological reasoning behind the apparent ease of which people succumb to obedience or authority. This essay will outline and discuss the facts and findings of his research and experiments, and touch on the ethics of his experiment and look at the real life applications his findings have had on our modern psychological understanding of obedience. The experiment discussed in this essay was carried out and completed in the Department of psychology at Yale University in 1960-63 and emerged from a seventy-five year tradition of experimentation in social psychology, starting with the experiment Boris Sidis carried out on obedience in 1898.
Stanley Milgram sought to discover in his experimental research if the average American would obey an unjust order to inflict pain on someone else, he devised this experiment in order to investigate claims made by the Nazi officer's tried at the Nuremberg trials that they were only following order and were therefore free from blame for the despicable acts they performed during the second world war “The experiments began in July 1961, three months after the start of the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem. Milgram devised his psychological study to answer the question: "Was it that Eichmann and his accomplices in the Holocaust had mutual intent, in at least with regard to the goals of the Holocaust?" In other words, "Was there a mutual sense of morality among those involved?"”Milgram experiment, Wikipedia, 24/11/09

Milgram recruited the people whom took part in his experiment by means of a newspaper advertisement offering participants $4.00 if...