This rich volume explores the complex problem of obedience and conformity, re-examining Stanley Milgram’s famous electric shock study, and presenting the findings of the most extensive empirical study on obedience toward authority since Milgram's era.

Dolinski and Grzyb refer to their own series of studies testing various hypotheses from Milgram’s and others’ research, examining underlying obedience mechanisms as well as factors modifying the degree of obedience displayed by individuals in different situations. They offer their theoretical model explaining subjects’ obedience in Milgram’s paradigm and describe numerous examples of the destructive effect of thoughtless obedience both in our daily lives as well as in crucial historical events, stressing the need for critical thinking when issued with a command.

Concluding with reflections on how to prevent the danger of destructive obedience to authority, this insightful volume will be fascinating reading for students and academics in social psychology, as well as those in fields concerned with complex social problems.

chapter 1|5 pages


It Happened in New Haven!

chapter 3|15 pages

How did Milgram do it?

chapter 4|9 pages

Not just electricity

chapter 5|8 pages

Why are they so extremely obedient?

In search of the psychological mechanism

chapter 7|15 pages

Multiple foot-in-the-door and obedience

chapter 9|10 pages

Would you electrocute a woman?

chapter 11|8 pages

What if we don’t pay them upfront?

chapter 12|9 pages

I would have stopped sooner

chapter 13|8 pages

What our program did and did not ascertain

chapter 14|7 pages

A present-day man –an obedient man

chapter |3 pages