Milgram's Research in Policing

TMA 01: Part 1

This table is used to make a comparison between Stanley Milgram's original obedience study and the predictions made by college students. The students were asked to predict the average voltage at which the participant would stop the experiment, and what percentage of participants would go to the maximum voltage. There are also two variations of the experiment being compared, both using exactly the same situation. Variation 1 paired the participant with a defiant 'co-teacher'. In variation 2 the 'co-teacher' was obedient.

The original experiment yielded results significantly higher than the students' predictions, with 65% of participants using maximum voltage, and average level of shock at 368v – almost triple the predicted voltage.
Variation 1 showed the results to be lower than the results from the original experiment, but still much higher than the predictions.
In variation 2, the average level of shock and percentage using maximum voltage is higher than the original study, with average results of 380v and 72%.
There is a greater difference in the average level of shock between variations 1 and 2 than between variation 1 and the predictions. However the greatest difference for both measurements is between variation 2 and the predictions.

TMA 01: Part 2

Milgram's obedience study and its relevance to policing in the community.

This report aims to:

Summarise the key points behind Milgram's research on obedience.
Look at the results of his experiment, and to explain how variations affected the results.
Explain how Milgram's research is relevant to policing.

Milgram's methodology:

In 1963, Professor Stanley Milgram undertook an experiment to investigate people's response to an authority figure in a stressful situation. He was prompted to do this after some research into the widespread actions of the Nazis during the Second World War, and how some perpetrators of heinous crimes had claimed to be 'just following orders.'...