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Social Psychology

Horned_Owl
Aug 6, 2014, 12:18 AM 0

A couple of weeks ago I enrolled in a MOOC (massive, open, online course). The subject seemed interesting -- social psychology -- and the course was free, so I thought "why not". Boy, am I glad I signed up!

It has been a fascinating and eye-opening course so far, and there are a few weeks still to go. We think we know how we'd behave in a given situation, but social psychology experiments over the years have demonstrated how mistaken such a belief is.

Let me share with you links to some videos and websites which I have come across so far:

The Milgram Experiment -- Said to be one of the most famous experiments in social psychology (duration of video is about 15 minutes.):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b7YFtiE5EA

(The video of the original experiment is about 44 mins. long; to see it, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnBY0FCqJU0 )

The Stanford Prison Experiment -- Another very famous experiment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_LKzEqlPto

Prof. Philip Zimbardo's TED talk about the Abu Ghraib prison abuses -- 'The psychology of evil': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsFEV35tWsg

Prof. Zimbardo's website: zimbardo.com

Heroic Imagination Project

Lucifer Effect

I'll post more links later.

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