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In this podcast, Dr Raj Persaud talks to Professor Stephen Reicher about Milgram’s famous ‘obedience study’ (Milgram, 1963) and the various conclusions that can be drawn from the findings. What does this, together with more recent research into obedience, imply about our willingness to conform to authority, and what does it tell us about our likelihood to comply with instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Date published: 20 May 2020
Presenter: Dr Raj
Interviewee: Professor Stephen Reicher
Audio running time: 53 minutes
By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have
gained an understanding of:
the methodology and findings
of Stanley Milgram's obedience study (Milgram, 1963)
the various conclusions that
have been drawn regarding obedience to authority
the factors that influence our
willingness to conform to authority
how this could relate to
public behaviour during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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