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"The participants in the most famous variation of the Milgram experiment were 40 men recruited using newspaper ads.

Most people would answer with an adamant "no." However, the Milgram obedience experiment aimed to prove otherwise.

During the 1960s, Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted a series of obedience experiments that led to some surprising results.

Once they reached the 300-volt level, the learner would bang on the wall and demand to be released.

The researchers explained the procedures and the use of deception.

Why did so many of the participants in this experiment perform a seemingly sadistic act when instructed by an authority figure?

According to Milgram, there are some situational factors that can explain such high levels of obedience: Later experiments conducted by Milgram indicated that the presence of rebellious peers dramatically reduced obedience levels.

In 2009, researchers conducted a study designed to replicate Milgram's classic obedience experiment.