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Looking for the Evil Actor – Reposted

Posted on March 10, 2012

Five years ago Jon Hanson and Michael McCann wrote and published the following post about Joseph Kony as part of a series on the the situational source of evil.  In light of the attention Kony is now getting (see Youtube video, “Kony 2012,” here or at bottom of this post), we thought it might be […]

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The Situation of Conformity

Posted on February 28, 2012

From The Heroic Imagination Project: Classic footage from the Asch conformity study. This version includes definitions of normative and informational conformity and the powerful effect of having an ally. Sample of related Situationist Posts: Group Influence Solomon Asch’s Famous Compliance Experiment The Situational Sources of War – Part VII “Solomon Asch’s Conformity Experiment . . . Today […]

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RADIOLAB on the Situation of Badness

Posted on January 19, 2012

From RADIOLAB: Cruelty, violence, badness… This episode of Radiolab, we wrestle with the dark side of human nature, and ask whether it’s something we can ever really understand, or fully escape. We begin with a chilling statistic: 91% of men, and 84% of women, have fantasized about killing someone. We take a look at one […]

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Assistance and Obedience

Posted on December 10, 2011

From CNN Blog by Alan Elms: During my first several weeks as Stanley Milgram’s research assistant, I did the sorts of things that research assistants often do. I transcribed Milgram’s dictations and drafts of research procedures into neatly typed pages. I began to keep files of research volunteers: Their age, educational background, occupation, address and […]

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The Situation of Penn State Bystanders

Posted on November 14, 2011

Many blame-laden fingers have been pointed at those who didn’t act immediately and decisively to stop the sexual atrocities that took place at Penn State.  We all know what the right thing to do was, and we are all confident that we would have done it. But should we be? To state the obvious, what […]

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The obedience experiments at 50

Posted on November 9, 2011

This essay was published originally in the online version of the APS Observer: This year is the 50th anniversary of the start of Stanley Milgram’s groundbreaking experiments on obedience to destructive orders — the most famous, controversial and, arguably, most important psychological research of our times. To commemorate this milestone, in this article I present […]

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A New Situationist Contributor – Thomas Blass

Posted on November 6, 2011

We are thrilled to introduce a new Situationist Contributor, Dr. Thomas Blass. Thomas Blass is an internationally acclaimed social psychologist and the recognized expert on obedience to authority as well as, more broadly, the research and legacy of Stanley Milgram. A Holocaust survivor born in Budapest, Hungary during World War II, Dr. Blass was a […]

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Evil No! Heroes Yes!! (Zimbardo returns to Harvard Law)

Posted on October 23, 2011

Open to the public. Related Situationist posts: The Situation of Heroism HIP on NPR! Speaking Truth to the Situation Dr. Z. on Dr. Phil Situationist Phil Zimbardo Takes Over the Dr. Phil Show, The Situation of Hazing, Torture, Gender, and Tears The Devil You Know . . . ,” From Heavens to Hells to Heroes – Part II, Milgram Experiment at 50 Years, and […]

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9/11 Remembered

Posted on September 11, 2011

A number of Situationist posts have discussed the causes an consequences of the 9/11 attacks or have been related, sometimes only implicitly, to the war on terror.  Here is a sample: Attributing Blame — from the Baseball Diamond to the War on Terror Jeffrey Sachs on the Situation of Global Poverty Trampling People While Whistling Rights: Normative […]

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“Taxi to the Darkside”

Posted on August 23, 2011

* * * ] * * * (BBC Broadcast, 2011) From jigsawproductions: This documentary murder mystery examines the death of an Afghan taxi driver at Bagram Air Base from injuries inflicted by U.S. soldiers. In an unflinching look at the Bush administration’s policy on torture, the filmmaker behind Enron: the Smartest Guys in the Room […]

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Group Influence

Posted on June 2, 2011

From the instructional video series Psychology: The Human Experience: Influence explains individuality, group behavior, and deindividuation. Related Situationist posts: The Power of the Situation “Video on the Original Milgram Experiment,” Gender Conformity “Solomon Asch’s Classic Group-Influence Experiment,” “The Situational Effect of Groups,” Milgram-Inspired Movie “The Situation of Stanley Milgram’s Obedience Experiments,” “Milgram Replicated on French TV – ‘The Game of Death’,” “A Shocking Situation,” […]

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My Lai Massacre

Posted on May 8, 2011

From Wikipedia: My Lai was the mass murder of 347–504 unarmed citizens in South Vietnam on March 16, 1968, conducted by a unit of the United States Army. All of the victims were civilians and most were women, children (including babies), and elderly people. Many of the victims were raped, beaten, tortured, and some of […]

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Shocking for Money

Posted on April 8, 2011

From Science News: When faced with a thorny moral dilemma, what people say they would do and what people actually do are two very different things, a new study finds. In a hypothetical scenario, most people said they would never subject another person to a painful electric shock, just to make a little bit of […]

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The Power of the Situation

Posted on March 28, 2011

From Discovering Psychology: This program explores psychologists’ attempts to understand human behavior within its broader social context. It also examines how beliefs and behavior can be influenced and manipulated by other people and subtle situational forces. 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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Divided Loyalties Symposium

Posted on February 10, 2011

Situationist Contributor Jon Hanson will give the keynote at an interdisciplinary symposium:“Divided Loyalties: Professional Standards and Military Duty“ Hanson’s talk is titled “Shock Therapy: Changing Unethical Behavior by Understanding its Sources.” The symposium is being held at Case Western University Law School, and is funded in part by the Arthur W. Fiske Memorial Lectureship Fund. […]

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Bystanders in Child Abductions

Posted on December 2, 2010

For a sample of related Situationist posts, see “The Situation of Sexual Harassment,” “The Situation of Bystanders,” “The Positive Situation of Crowds,” “The Situation of Helping,” “The Situation of Hazing, Torture, Gender, and Tears,” “Journalists as Social Psychologists & Social Psychologists as Entertainers,” and “Milgram Replicated on French TV – ‘The Game of Death’.”

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The Norfolk Four and the Situation of False Confessions

Posted on November 11, 2010

From Frontline: Why would four innocent men confess to a brutal crime they didn’t commit? FRONTLINE producer Ofra Bikel (Innocence Lost, An Ordinary Crime) investigates the conviction of four Navy sailors for the rape and murder of a Norfolk, Va., woman in 1997. In interviews with the sailors, Bikel learns of some of the high-pressure […]

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The Situation of False Confessions

Posted on October 15, 2010

Deborah Davis and Richard Leo recently posted their paper, “Three Prongs of the Confession Problem: Issues and Proposed Solutions” on SSRN.  (forthcoming in The Future of Evidence (Epstein, Jules, ed.) on SSRN.  Here’s the abstract. * * * Many cases could not be successfully prosecuted without a confession, and, in the absence of a confession, […]

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The Situation of Hazing, Torture, Gender, and Tears

Posted on July 12, 2010

Here is another segment from John Quinones’s excellent ABC 20/20 series titled “What Would You Do?” — a series that, in essence, conducts situationist experiments through hidden-camera scenarios. This episode asks, “Would you stop hazing?“ (and includes analysis from psychologist Susan Lipkins). * * * * * * To review a sample of related Situationist […]

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Rebecca Saxe on Situationism

Posted on June 10, 2010

From the National Science Foundation: Rebecca Saxe (Carole Middleton Career Development Professor in the department of brain and cognitive sciences at MIT) discusses the under-appreciated power of situation. * * * * * * For a sample of related Situationist posts, see “Zimbardo on Milgram and Obedience – Part II,” “Jon Hanson on Situationism and Dispositionism,” “Hanson’s […]

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