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French doc mimics Yale psychological study

The French documentary Game of Death, which aired Wednesday night in France, shocked audiences by testing participants' morality and levels of obedience by asking them to administer electric shocks to fellow participants.
March 18, 2010

The French documentary Game of Death, which aired Wednesday night in France, shocked audiences by testing participants’ morality and levels of obedience by asking them to administer electric shocks to fellow participants. Following the same principles as the famous Milgram experiment from Yale University, the doc created a fake game show where contestants were asked to deliver electric shocks to other ‘players’ that were actually actors. The test was to see if the subjects could be coerced into hurting other participants simply through encouragement from the host and the studio audience.

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