Assumptions About Human Behavior


Assumptions About Human Behavior

Select one of the schools of thought from the readings for this week  (physiology, experimental psychology, voluntarism, structuralism,  functionalism, Gestalt psychology and other early approaches). Discuss  your chosen school of thought in terms of these four attributes:

  1. Principles: Rules and standards associated with the school of thought.
  2. Values: Core beliefs, ideals, and priorities that distinguish this school of thought from others.
  3. Subject Matter: Content, the issues focused on by practitioners of this school of thought.
  4. Research Methods and Other Applied Methodologies: Questions asked and problems solved by those using this school of thought.
One form of social influence is obedience, which involves “going along with direct commands, usually from someone in a position of authority” (Huffman & Sanderson, 2014, p. 406).
The following video clips are replications of Milgrams’ study on obedience and Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison experiment. After viewing, answer the discussion questions.
Replication of Milgram’s Experiment by the BBC (5:59)
Zimbardo’s Prison Experiment (5:24)
Discussion Questions
1. In your opinion, why did the “teachers” in the Milgram study obey the orders to administer deadly shocks to the “learner” despite his moral objection?
2. According to your text, what are the four factors that influence obedience according to Milgram?
3. Compare and contrast the findings of Milgram’s study and Zimbardo’s experiment. In your opinion, which was more more disturbing? Explain why?


Before you begin, remember to review the class Discussion Board Guidelines.
Your original post, in response to the discussion prompt above, should contain a minimum of 125 words, not including restatement of questions or reference sections. Utilize critical thinking, and support your work with additional resources as applicable.
Finally, any content that is paraphrased, summarized or quoted in your discussion post or response must be must be cited using APA format. For more information on APA format, review the OWL Guide: APA General Format (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

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