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The Milgram experiment was a series of social psychology experiments conducted by Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram, which measured the willingness of study participants to obey an authority figure who instructed them to perform acts that conflicted with their personal conscience.
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A famous 1970s experiment was recently replicated, revealing what it takes for us to question and resist those in positions of authority. ... The best hope people have of resisting an oppressive system is to validate their experiences alongside other people. There is no more basic antidote to authoritarianism than support, solidarity and community.

2009-02-12

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Monkeys pay more attention to females than to males, according to research.

2010-03-17

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When we fall under the spell of a charismatic figure, areas of the brain responsible for scepticism and vigilance become less active. That's the finding of a study which looked at people's response to prayers spoken by someone purportedly possessing divine healing powers. ... Schjødt says that this explains why certain individuals can gain influence over others, and concludes that their ability to do so depends heavily on...

2010-04-27

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