A Shock Machine and The Lost Boys #528

June 28, 2019

This week, we take a look at 2 notable post world war 2 social psychology experiments and their creators: Stanley Milgram and his "shock machine", and Muzafer Sherif's boys camp study on group conflict. How did these scientists approach their work? How did the experiments run? How do the experiments hold up? How did people feel then about the ethics of them, and how do we feel now? We are joined by registered psychologist and author Gina Perry, who has written a book each on these men: "Behind the Shock Machine: The Untold Story of the Notorious Milgram Psychology Experiments", and "The Lost Boys: Inside Muzafer Sherif's Robbers Cave experiment".


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Gina Perry

Gina Perry is an Australian writer and science historian. She is author of the acclaimed "Behind the Shock Machine" which re-evaluated Stanley Milgram's obedience experiments in light of archival material and interviews with original participants and her latest book is "The Lost Boys: Inside Muzafer Sherif's Robbers Cave experiment". Gina's feature articles, columns, and essays have been published in newspapers and magazines including The Age, The Australian, Cosmos and New Scientist. Her co-production of the ABC Radio National documentary about the Stanley Milgram’s obedience experiments, "Beyond the Shock Machine", won the Silver World Medal for a history documentary in the 2009 New York Festival Radio Awards. She was runner up for the Bragg UNSW Prize for Science Writing in 2013 and her work has been anthologised in Best Australian Science Writing (2013 and 2015). Gina is a registered psychologist and has a Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne, jointly undertaken in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies and the School of Culture and Communication, where she is an associate in the Faculty of Arts.