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Lutsky Comments on Famous Obedience Experiment in Advance of Conference

July 16, 2013

Neil Lutsky, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Psychology, spoke with the St. Paul Pioneer Press for its July 16 edition regarding the famous Milgram obedience experiment and an upcoming conference around that topic, where Lutsky will be speaking. The famous experiments by Stanly Milgram are described by reporter Richard Chin as "showing that most people apparently are willing to inflict increasingly painful and dangerous electrical shocks to a stranger if ordered to do so by an authority. In this case, a man in a lab coat saying, 'It is absolutely essential that you continue'." Lutsky said "It's a study that's resonated in culture. You see the kind of shadow that it has cast." Lutsky will argue at the conference that the experiment and the conference shouldn't be labeled "obedience to authority." "People don't want to do what they're doing," Lutsky said. "They were in a situation where they didn't know how to get out."