The (doubtful) role of financial reward in obedience to authority

Dariusz Doliński , Tomasz Grzyb


The Milgram experiments are among the most well-known and important in the history of psychology. Since first published, there have been countless discussions held on the subject of what factors induce people to exhibit extreme obedience towards authority. One such potential factor, not yet explored empirically, is the receipt in advance of financial gratification by a study participant. In our experiment we compare obedience among participants in classic Milgram paradigm conditions with obedience in a situation where the participant does not receive financial gratification in advance. The results did not show that obedience differed in the two comparable situations. In conditions where the participants were not given money up front, however, it was necessary to employ more verbal prompts in order to induce obedience.
Author Dariusz Doliński (Filia we Wrocławiu / II Wydział Psychologii we Wrocławiu)
Dariusz Doliński,,
- II Wydział Psychologii we Wrocławiu
, Tomasz Grzyb (Filia we Wrocławiu / II Wydział Psychologii we Wrocławiu)
Tomasz Grzyb,,
- II Wydział Psychologii we Wrocławiu
Journal seriesJournal of Social Psychology, ISSN 0022-4545, (N/A 70 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishObedience, financial gratification, reciprocity
ASJC Classification3207 Social Psychology
Languageen angielski
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the doubtful role_oswiadczenie_Dolinski.pdf 190.77 KB
Score (nominal)70
Score sourcejournalList
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 0.578; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 1.227 (2) - 2017=1.645 (5)
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