Despite seeing the victim suffering and in pain, the person who was ordered to give the shocks to the victim followed orders 65% of participates were prepared to administer the lethal shock.
There are three possible explanations as to why people do as the authority figure tells them too.
1. They want to please the authority figure by obeying.
2. They are afraid it will happen to them and are prepared to show they are willing to kill.
3. They secretly have a desire to do it anyway.
the experiment has been repeated several times mainly to find out who will refuse the order to kill. they did find women were less likely to especially those who have defied authority before such as feminists and union delegates, however, there seems to be little research as to why people are so obedient to the authority figure.