Milgram Obedience Study and the story behind Compliance

Students brainstorm definitions of the word “authority.” They can also make connections with the authority fallacy. Next, they watch a video on the Milgram Obedience Study and explore several resources about the Louise Ogborn incident.

Compliance Movie Trailer

Video: The True Story of Compliance (23 minutes)

Video: Louise Ogborn McDonalds Security Tape and Interview (10 minutes)


  • What connections can you make between the Milgram Obedience Study and the Donna Summers and Louise Ogborn incident? How are they similar? How are they different? What lessons can we draw from both situations?
  • Young adults, including many college students, are particularly influenced by peer pressure. Do you see yourself as a conformist, a non-conformist or somewhere in-between? Consider how the tendency to conform affects your ability to engage in effective critical thinking and what strategies you might develop to make you less likely to influenced by peer pressure.