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Sample details

40 white males from New Haven

Max. voltage on shock generator

450 V


100% shocked to 300V
65% schocked to 450V


1. 'Please continue'
2. 'The experiment requires that you continue'
3. 'It is absolutely essential that you continue'
4. 'You have no other choice; you must continue'


The learner was a...


The teacher was a....

Sampling method

Self-selected - the sample was recruited using a newspaper ad offering $4.50 just to turn up

What learner did when shocked

150V - started complaining of pain, heart condition, etc.
300V - fell silent

The study was about

The effects of punishment on learning

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