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A cross-cultural study of obedience


Using Milgram’s paradigm, 48 Jordanian college students were tested for obedience. It was found that the experimental subjects gave significantly more shocks than the control subjects. Unlike the experimental subjects, the control subjects were free to either give or not give shock. There was no difference in obedience rate between male and female subjects. In terms of overobedience, 62.5% of the experimental and 12.5 of the control subjects continued to deliver shock to the end of the shock scale.


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This research was carried out by the second author as a special post-master’s research project under the direction of the first author who was on a sabbatical leave at the University of Jordan, Department of Psychology, Amman, Jordan, during the 1975-76 academic year.

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Shanab, M.E., Yahya, K.A. A cross-cultural study of obedience. Bull. Psychon. Soc. 11, 267–269 (1978).

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  • Female Subject
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  • Female Victim
  • Shock Level
  • Teacher Subject