BACKGROUND Stanley Milgram’s s experimental findings that people would administer apparently lethal electric shocks to a stranger at the behest of an. Back in the s Stanley Milgram appeared to show that student A Virtual Reprise of the Stanley Milgram Obedience Experiments. A Virtual Reprise of the Stanley Milgram Obedience Experiments – Slater et al. Material essay topic: Ethics in Psychology. Add to My Bookmarks Export.

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SamsonovichKenneth A. Showing of 30 references. Slater et al asserted that the “main conclusion of our study is that humans tend to respond realistically at subjective, physiological, and behavioural levels in interacting with virtual characters notwithstanding their cognitive certainty that they are not real”.

There was further evidence that the participants who could see and hear the computerised woman were expetiments by the experiment as if it were real. An Applied Approach Jeffrey G. It is not necessary to worry about harm to virtual humans. Yet, due to the ethical controversy that xtanley experiments ignited, it is nowadays impossible to carry out direct experimental studies in this area.

Classic 1960’s obediency experiment reproduced in virtual reality

Why ordinary people torture enemy prisoners. Surround-screen projection-based virtual reality: I suspect that -CY is thought to denote something a bit grander than mere -ce thus: The findings suggest immersive virtual reality environments could be a vital tool for social psychologists, especially for pursuing experimments of extreme social situations.


Stanley Milgram’s s experimental findings that people would administer apparently lethal electric shocks to a stranger at the behest of an authority figure experoments critical for understanding obedience. Some participants here showed behaviours noted by Milgram. Further hypotheses can be explored. In other words, no electrical shocks were being administered, and even if they were, it would not really hurt the virtual human.

Citations Publications citing this paper. Notify me of new posts via email. From This Paper Figures, tables, and topics from this paper. The experimenter used prompts to get the participants to continue with the shocks, like “Although you can stop whenever you want, it is best for the experiment that you continue, virtuql you can stop whenever you want”, or “If she doesn’t answer, remember that it is incorrect” Slater et al The replication of Milgram’s experiment in a virtual environment has both strengths and weaknesses as a specific piece exleriments research as well as a general method for use in psychology table A.

For example, there were different amounts of electric shocks, and different conditions. The major issue of deception that Milgram faced was removed as the participants knew the Learner was a virtual human.

A virtual reprise of the Stanley Milgram obedience experiments.

This is especially important for topics like destructive obedience. Able to test social behaviour and situations that would be ethically unacceptable with humans. It could be seen as similar to role-playing versions of Milgram’s experiment performed by Geller Shock from electric current Search for additional papers on this topic.


In the HC, all eleven participants continued to the maximum of vrtual shocks.

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And on those trials in which the woman protested, the participants tended expriments give her longer to answer before administering the shock.

The procedure followed that of Milgram’s experiment. For example, the virtual Learner slumped forward after nineteen shocks and did not respond. For example, emphasising the correct answer when reading out the list of words, repeating the question when told to shock a wrong answer, and waiting before administering an electric shock eg: Table A – Strengths and weaknesses of virtual reality experiments generally and specifically for a Milgram replication.

Despite the developments in technology, virtual humans are 2D images: Slater et al admitted that “we do not know what would have happened if the virtual Learner in the HC had issued protests through text. How did the researchers know that the participants were interacting with the virtual Learner as if human?

Dunn The Journal of nervous and mental disease Generally Milgram’s experiment is difficult to replicate because the findings are so well-known. Being with virtual others: