Archive for December, 2008

Unscientific quest…

Friday, December 19th, 2008

In my ever unscientific quest to understand human behavior I came across this article from BBC news called “People ’still willing to torture’”.

Here goes


Subjects were apparently given electric shocks
“Decades after a notorious experiment, scientists have found test subjects are still willing to inflict pain on others - if told to by an authority figure.” US researchers repeated the famous “Milgram test“, with volunteers told to deliver electrical shocks to another volunteer - played by an actor.
Even after faked screams of pain, 70% were prepared to increase the voltage, the American Psychology study found.
Both may help explain why apparently ordinary people can commit atrocities.
To read further go to BBC’s site.