ethics

When a scholarly discipline involves human beings – as researchers or subjects, as clinicians or patients – ethical issues are certain to loom large. On the research dimension, famous social psychological studies by Stanley Milgram on obedience to authority and Philip...

In a recent navel-gazing special issue of the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science (open access at tinyurl.com/cvsew5), our psychologist cousins across the Atlantic mused on the ways the science and practice of psychology...

The Shorter Oxford Dictionary (2002) defines excellence as ‘the possession of good qualities or abilities to an eminent or unusual degree’. High quality in most forms of human endeavour depends on five main factors:
I    Human excellence (the subject of this article)...

Half a century ago, social psychologist Stanley Milgram initiated his ingenious series of experiments on obedience to authority in the psychology laboratories at Yale University (1960–1964) – research that continues to resonate to this...

The year is 1961. The Bay of Pigs invasion is launched. The ANC begins its armed struggle against apartheid in South Africa. Patrice Lumumba is murdered in the Congo. Freedom Riders are firebombed in Alabama. Homosexuality is still a crime...

Stanley Milgram pursued every interest with motivation and great passion. Even interests that began when he was a youngster continued throughout his life. As a result of his intense personality, people reacted strongly to him.

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Stanley Milgram’s obedience studies remain an important part of the discipline. Five decades after they were conducted, the key question persists – Why were so many ordinary citizens willing to deliver what they must have perceived to...