Friday, 19 December 2008

'Most of us would torture others if ordered to, study finds...'

'Most of us would torture others if ordered to do so, a study has found.

Scientists revealed that 70 per cent of volunteers, when encouraged by authority figures, continued to administer electric shocks - or at least thought they were doing so - even after an actor claimed they were painful.

Researchers at Santa Clara University in California said the experiment can only partly explain the widely reported prisoner abuse at the U.S-run Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq or events during World War II.

Jerry Burger said: 'What we found is validation of the same argument - if you put people into certain situations, they will act in surprising, and maybe often even disturbing, ways.'


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