Yale University, 1961. Stanley Milgram designs a psychology experiment that still resonates to this day, in which people think theyâ€™re delivering painful electric shocks to an affable stranger strapped into a chair in another room. Despite his pleads for mercy, the majority of subjects donâ€™t stop the experiment, administering what they think is a near-fatal electric shock, simply because theyâ€™ve been told to do so. With Nazi Adolf Eichmannâ€™s trial airing in living rooms across America, Milgram strikes a nerve in popular culture and the scientific community with his exploration into peopleâ€™s tendency to comply with authority. Celebrated in some circles, he is also accused of being a deceptive, manipulative monster, but his wife Sasha stands by him through it all.
In 1961, social psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted the "obedience experiments" at Yale University. The experiments observed the responses of ordinary people asked to send harmful electrical shocks to a stranger. Despite pleadings from the person they were shocking, 65 percent of subjects obeyed commands from a lab-coated authority figure to deliver potentially fatal currents. With Adolf Eichmann's trial airing in living rooms across America, Milgram's Kafkaesque results hit a nerve, and he was accused of being a deceptive, manipulative monster. EXPERIMENTER invites us inside Milgram's whirring mind, beginning with his obedience research and wending a path to uncover how inner obsessions and the times in which he lived shaped a parade of human behavior inquiries. (C) Magnolia