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Conference on the Legacy of Stanley Milgram

Posted on October 25, 2013

Yale Law School is hosting a conference on the Legacy of Stanley Milgram this Saturday.  Unsurprisingly, many Situationist Contributors (Thomas Blass, Jon Hanson, Dan Kahan, and Tom Tyler) and Situationist friends (Phoebe Ellsworth, Doug Kysar, and Jaime Napier) will be participating.  The conference agenda is below. Saturday, October 26, 2013 Yale Law School Sponsored by […]

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Revisiting Milgram and Zimbardo’s Studies

Posted on November 23, 2012

A new essay in PLOS Biology returns to the path-breaking research of Stanley Milgram and Situationist Contributor Phil  Zimbardo and asks whether the studies demonstrate the power of blind conformity or something else.  In particular, the authors, Alex Haslam and Stephen Reicher, are interested in the possibility that social identification might be driving the dynamic.  […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Ideology, Morality, Situationist Contributors, Social Psychology | 3 Comments »

The Milgram Experiment Yet Again (Again!)

Posted on October 29, 2011

The Discovery channel’s CURIOSITY asks “How Evil Are You?” and replicates the Milgram experiment on Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 9PM e/p. Related Situationist posts: Milgram Experiment at 50 Years Shocking for Money The Power of the Situation “Video on the Original Milgram Experiment,” <Milgram-Inspired Movie “The Situation of Stanley Milgram’s Obedience Experiments,” “Milgram Replicated on French TV – ‘The Game […]

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Posted in Classic Experiments, Social Psychology, Video | 2 Comments »

Milgram Experiment at 50 Years

Posted on October 4, 2011

From Yale Daily News: “The experiment requires that you continue. It is absolutely essential that you continue. You have no other choice, you must go on.” These were the words spoken to participants of Yale professor Stanley Milgram’s social psychology experiment testing obedience to authority figures. Milgram’s experiment, conducted at Yale in the early 1960s, […]

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Posted in Classic Experiments, History | 2 Comments »

Milgram-Inspired Movie

Posted on March 15, 2011

For those of you who missed this 1975 CBS movie, inspired by Stanley Milgram’s obedience experiments, here’s your chance to watch “The Tenth Level.” * * * * * * * * * * * * Related Situationist posts: “Video on the Original Milgram Experiment,” “The Situation of Stanley Milgram’s Obedience Experiments,” “Milgram Replicated on French TV […]

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Posted in Classic Experiments, Entertainment, Morality, Social Psychology, Video | 2 Comments »

Video on the Original Milgram Experiment

Posted on April 26, 2010

From Wikipedia: The Milgram experiment on obedience to authority figures was a series of social psychologyexperiments conducted by Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram, which measured the willingness of study participants to obey an authority figure who instructed them to perform acts that conflicted with their personal conscience. Milgram first described his research in 1963 in […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Classic Experiments, Social Psychology, Video | 5 Comments »

The Situation of Stanley Milgram’s Obedience Experiments

Posted on April 3, 2010

Nestar John Charles Russell is publishing an article, titled “Milgram’s obedience to authority experiments: Origins and early evolution.”  Here’s the abstract. Stanley Milgram’s Obedience to Authority experiments remain one of the most inspired contributions in the field of social psychology. Although Milgram undertook more than 20 experimental variations, his most (in)famous result was the first […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Classic Experiments, Social Psychology | 2 Comments »

Milgram Replicated on French TV – “The Game of Death”

Posted on March 24, 2010

From NPR: France is reeling from a documentary about a psychological experiment disguised as a game show. Researchers staged a fictitious reality show to see how far people would go in obeying authority, especially if television reinforces that authority. The disturbing results have alarmed the French. * * * From the BBC, “Row over ‘torture’ […]

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Posted in Classic Experiments, Entertainment, Morality, Social Psychology, Video | 2 Comments »

Replicating Milgram’s Obedience Experiment – Yet Again

Posted on September 10, 2009

Milgram’s experiment was again repeated — this time as part of the BBC documentary “How violent are you?” first shown in May 2009.  It’s another remarkable rendition.  Of the 12 participants, only 3 refused to continue to the end of the experiment.   The relevant portions of that documentary are below. * * * * * […]

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Posted in Classic Experiments, Social Psychology, Video | 4 Comments »

Milgram Remake

Posted on August 28, 2009

From ABC via Veoh: “The video below describes a remake of Milgram’s famous study originally done in the ’60’s. Until recently, no one was authorized to replicate it due to ethical considerations. However, in 2007, ABC News was granted such permission and did so with many of the original researchers and some of the actual […]

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Posted in Classic Experiments, Social Psychology, Video | 4 Comments »

Virtual Milgram

Posted on May 14, 2009

From ICT Results: Despite advances in computer graphics, few people would think virtual characters or objects are real. Yet placed in a virtual reality environment most people will interact with them as if they are really there. European researchers are finding out why. In trying to understand presence – the propensity of humans to respond […]

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Posted in Classic Experiments, Illusions, Video | 1 Comment »

The Justice Department, Milgram, & Torture

Posted on April 30, 2009

From Situationist friend Michael Cross, we received the following message regarding Tuesday night’s John Stewart interview of Cliff May on The Daily Show (below). * * * * * * In the beginning of the interview, May says that he doesn’t believe anyone in the current or previous administration was “pro-torture.”  He then explains that […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Classic Experiments, Video | 2 Comments »

Virtual Worlds, Learning, and Virtual Milgram

Posted on April 28, 2009

In a post in February, BoingBoing writer Cory Doctorow told a story about a parent who incentivizes their son’s video gaming by having the teenager adhere to the Geneva Conventions while playing the game Call of Duty. I asked Evan to google the Geneva Convention. Then he had to read it and then we had […]

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Posted in Education, Entertainment, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Zimbardo on Milgram and Obedience – Part II

Posted on April 16, 2009

Situationist Contributer Philip Zimbardo has authored the preface to a new edition of social psychologist Stanley Milgram’s seminal book Obedience to Authority. This is the second of a two-part series derived from that preface. In Part I of the post, Zimbardo describes the inculcation of obedience and Milgram’s role as a research pioneer. In this […]

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Posted in Book, Classic Experiments, Social Psychology | 3 Comments »

Zimbardo on Milgram and Obedience – Part I

Posted on April 14, 2009

Situationist contributer Philip Zimbardo has authored the preface to a new edition of social psychologist Stanley Milgram’s pathbreaking and now-classic book Obedience to Authority.  This is the first of a two-part series derived from that preface.  In this post, Zimbardo describes the inculcation of obedience and Milgram’s role as a research pioneer.  In Part II, […]

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Posted in Book, Classic Experiments, Conflict, Social Psychology | 3 Comments »

The Milgram Experiment Today?

Posted on December 22, 2007

Students commonly assume that, even if Milgram’s famous experiment sheds important light on the power of situation today, were his experiment precisely reproduced today, it would not generate comparable results. To oversimplify the argument behind that claim: The power of white lab coats just ain’t what it used to be. Of course, that assertion has […]

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Posted in Social Psychology | 30 Comments »

The Helpful Crisis in Psychology

Posted on May 1, 2013

From The New Yorker, excerpts from an outstanding article by by Gary Marcus: According to the headlines, social psychology has had a terrible year—and, at any rate, a bad week. The New York Times Magazine devoted nearly seven thousand words to Diederik Stapel, the Dutch researcher who committed fraud in at least fifty-four scientific papers, […]

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Posts on the Situation of Evil

Posted on April 19, 2013

For readers interested in previous posts about the situation of evil behavior, here are links to a sample: The Science of Evil Zimbardo Lecture on How Good People Turn Evil The Devil You Know . . . The Situation of Evil Situational Sources of Evil – Part III See also Part I and Part II of this Series. Deindividuation and […]

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Compliance – The Movie

Posted on August 20, 2012

From MagnoliaPictures: When a police officer tells you to do something, you do it. Right? Inspired by true events, COMPLIANCE tells the chilling story of just how far one might go to obey a figure of authority. On a particularly busy day at a suburban Ohio fast food joint, high-strung manager Sandra (Ann Dowd (Garden […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Morality, Social Psychology, Video | 2 Comments »

Enclothed Cognition

Posted on March 14, 2012

From Miller-McCune: That’s the implication of a newly published study, which found wearing a white lab coat — a piece of clothing associated with care and attentiveness — improved performance on tests requiring close and sustained attention. Importantly, the effect was not found when the garment in question was identified as a visual artist’s coat. […]

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Posted in Embodied Cognition, Implicit Associations | 2 Comments »

 
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