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What was the hypothesis being tested in the Milgram experiment. What were the dependent...

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sormer | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 9, 2010 at 3:54 PM via web

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What was the hypothesis being tested in the Milgram experiment. What were the dependent and independent variables? How was the hypothesis tested.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 9, 2010 at 9:56 PM (Answer #1)

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The hypothesis being tested seems to have been that Americans would not be willing to inflict pain on one another simply because they were told to do so.

The dependent variable in this experiment was the voltage of shock that the "teachers" in the experiment were willing to administer to the "learners."

In the original experiment, there really was not an independent variable.  The researchers were simply trying to find out how far Americans would go in obeying authority.

You could argue that nationality was the independent variable.  However, I do not think this is correct because the original experiment was not comparing results of various nationalities.

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