Milgram carried out a number of variations of his original obedience study in order to see how changes to; location, the way the authority figure is dressed, participant personality and proximity can affect the degree of obedience to an â€˜authority figure.â€™
It is easy to deny personal responsibility when orders come from a figure of authority because it can be assumed that they will take ultimate responsibility. In these instances, we become â€˜agentsâ€™ of an external authority. According to Milgram, obedience occurs as a result of a conflict between 2 opposing sets of demands:
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