An evening on "Milgram, Obedience and Leadership"

Presented by ANU College of Health & Medicine

Come and join us for the viewing of a new film "Shock Room" followed by a panel discussion. This event is by invitation so please contact if you have not received your inviation and would like to attend.

In the early 1960s psychologist Stanley Milgram, in seeking to understand the holocaust, ran a series of controversial studies on obedience. If an authority orders painful shocks to be administered to another person — how do we respond? Do we do as we are told or not? The experiments raised a number of important questions about human nature, obedience and leadership.

Fifty years after Milgram’s original experiments, Kathryn Millard, with a team of filmmakers and psychologists, re-staged Milgram’s experiments in Sydney, Australia, with actors, using director Millard’s unique immersive realism technique. Shock Room combines dramatisations, animation, archival film and interviews with psychologists Alex Haslam and Steve Reicher, providing new insights about how and why people refuse to inflict harm and the conclusions of the world’s most famous psychology experiment.

For the evening on "Milgram, Obedience and Leadership" we will be having a screening of Shock Room followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker Kathryn Millard, Professor Alex Haslam and ANU experts.