A Santa Clara University psychologist, conducting a behavior experiment with paid volunteers, found that most people would repeatedly shock the crap out of a stranger if someone told them to do so. The experiment is a modern day version of the controversial experiment from back in the early 70s.
Burger found that 70 percent of the participants had to be stopped from escalating shocks over 150 volts, despite hearing cries of protest and pain. Decades earlier, Milgram found that 82.5 percent of participants continued administering shocks. Of those, 79 percent continued to the shock generator's end, at 450 volts.