Milgram summarized the experiment in his 1974 article, "The Perils of Obedience", writing:
The Milgram experiment on obedience to authority figures was a series of social psychology experimentsconducted by Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram. They measured the willingness of study participants, men from a diverse range of occupations with varying levels of education, to obey an authority figure who instructed them to perform acts conflicting with their personal conscience. Participants were led to believe that they were assisting an unrelated experiment, in which they had to administer electric shocks to a "learner." These fake electric shocks gradually increased to levels that would have been fatal had they been real.