The true story of the most controversial psychological research of the modern era.
In the summer of 1961, a group of ordinary men and women volunteered for a memory experiment to be conducted by young, dynamic psychologist Stanley Milgram. None could have imagined that, once seated in the lab, they would be placed in front of a box known as a shock machine and asked to give electric shocks to a man they'd just met. And no one could have foreseen how the repercussions of their actions, made under pressure and duress, would reverberate through their lives. For what the volunteers did not know was that the man was an actor, the shocks were fake, and what was really being tested was just how far they would go.
When Milgram's results were released, they created a worldwide sensation. He reported that people had repeatedly shocked a man they believed to be in pain, even dying, because they had been told to – linking the finding to Nazi behaviour during the Holocaust. But some questioned Milgram's unethical methods in fooling people. Milgram became both hero and villain, and his work seized the public imagination for more than half a century, inspiring books, plays, films, and art.
For Gina Perry, the story of the experiments never felt finished. Listening to participants' accounts and reading Milgram's files and notebooks, she pieced together an intriguing, sensational story: Milgram's plans had gone further than anyone imagined. This is the compelling tale of one man's ambition and of the experiment that defined a generation.
'A parable and a warning . . . a necessary and gripping book' Maria Tumarkin
'Remarkable . . . a compelling true story that fascinates and informs.' Lee Gutkind
'A parable, and a warning, about what happens when research scientists trample over their human subjects on the road to personal posterity. Gina Perry has written a necessary and gripping book.' - Maria Tumarkin
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 26th April 2012
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 13.6 x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1