Experiment 13: Ordinary man gives orders

You need to learn the APFC of Experiment 13 and 13a in detail. You could be asked to describe it, evaluate it or compare it to any of the other variations. You also will need to be able to use the information it provides to help evaluate Milgram’s theory of obedience (agency theory) and answer questions about situational factors which affect obedience.

You can read about the variations in your textbooks but it is far better to read them directly from the relevant pages of “Obedience to Authority”, Milgram (1974) book.

You need to be able to answer the questions of this sheet: variations-on-milgram-experiment-13-1

I have also provided some answers here so that you can check your understanding on this variation: variations-on-milgram-experiment-13-ansas-1


Assessment Questions

  1. Evaluate Milgram’s variation study, Experiment 13, where the person giving the orders is an “ordinary man” (8)

Model answer for this question

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