Seeing is believing: The role of the film Obedience in shaping perceptions of Milgram’s Obedience to Authority experiments.

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  • Author(s): Perry, Gina
  • Source:
    Theory & Psychology. Oct2015, Vol. 25 Issue 5, p622-638. 17p.
  • Document Type:
    Article
  • Additional Information
    • Subject Terms:
    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      history of psychology
      obedience to authority
      psychology films
      social psychology
      Stanley Milgram
    • Abstract:
      Stanley Milgram’s film Obedience is widely used in teaching about the Obedience to Authority studies. It is frequently a student’s first introduction to Milgram’s research and has been a powerful force in establishing the scientific authority of the experiments. This article contextualizes the filming, selection of footage, and final editing of the film against growing ethical and methodological criticisms of Milgram’s research. I argue that Milgram’s film should be viewed as a response and reply to the criticisms expressed by the National Science Foundation when they refused funding for further experiments. Obedience, the film, originally conceived as a record for future researchers, transformed into a visual document aimed at disarming critics and establishing the universality and profundity of Milgram’s findings. Milgram aimed in the film to reconcile the quantitative and the qualitative aspects of the experiments through a scientific narration and footage of participants in action. A close reading reveals that while the film is scientifically unconvincing, and an unreliable account of the Milgram’s research, it succeeds spectacularly as arresting and compelling drama. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • Full Text Word Count:
      8865
    • ISSN:
      0959-3543
    • Accession Number:
      10.1177/0959354315604235
    • Accession Number:
      110965444
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      PERRY, G. Seeing is believing: The role of the film Obedience in shaping perceptions of Milgram’s Obedience to Authority experiments. Theory & Psychology, [s. l.], v. 25, n. 5, p. 622–638, 2015. DOI 10.1177/0959354315604235. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hch&AN=110965444. Acesso em: 28 nov. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Perry G. Seeing is believing: The role of the film Obedience in shaping perceptions of Milgram’s Obedience to Authority experiments. Theory & Psychology. 2015;25(5):622-638. doi:10.1177/0959354315604235
    • APA:
      Perry, G. (2015). Seeing is believing: The role of the film Obedience in shaping perceptions of Milgram’s Obedience to Authority experiments. Theory & Psychology, 25(5), 622–638. https://doi.org/10.1177/0959354315604235
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Perry, Gina. 2015. “Seeing Is Believing: The Role of the Film Obedience in Shaping Perceptions of Milgram’s Obedience to Authority Experiments.” Theory & Psychology 25 (5): 622–38. doi:10.1177/0959354315604235.
    • Harvard:
      Perry, G. (2015) ‘Seeing is believing: The role of the film Obedience in shaping perceptions of Milgram’s Obedience to Authority experiments’, Theory & Psychology, 25(5), pp. 622–638. doi: 10.1177/0959354315604235.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Perry, G 2015, ‘Seeing is believing: The role of the film Obedience in shaping perceptions of Milgram’s Obedience to Authority experiments’, Theory & Psychology, vol. 25, no. 5, pp. 622–638, viewed 28 November 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Perry, Gina. “Seeing Is Believing: The Role of the Film Obedience in Shaping Perceptions of Milgram’s Obedience to Authority Experiments.” Theory & Psychology, vol. 25, no. 5, Oct. 2015, pp. 622–638. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1177/0959354315604235.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Perry, Gina. “Seeing Is Believing: The Role of the Film Obedience in Shaping Perceptions of Milgram’s Obedience to Authority Experiments.” Theory & Psychology 25, no. 5 (October 2015): 622–38. doi:10.1177/0959354315604235.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Perry G. Seeing is believing: The role of the film Obedience in shaping perceptions of Milgram’s Obedience to Authority experiments. Theory & Psychology [Internet]. 2015 Oct [cited 2020 Nov 28];25(5):622–38. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hch&AN=110965444