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The Lucifer Effect Lecture at Harvard Law School

Posted on April 19, 2007

Renowned scholar, writer, speaker and Situationist Contributor Dr. Phil Zimbardo, spoke at Harvard Law School on April 3, 2007. An unedited version of his talk is now available on the Project on Law and Mind Sciences Website, and can be accessed by clicking here. (For an article about his Harvard Law talk, click here.) Professor […]

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Posted in Public Policy, Social Psychology | 1 Comment »

Stanford Prison Experiment – The Movie

Posted on February 2, 2015

From ETonline: The Stanford Prison Experiment, which premiered this week at Sundance to mostly positive reviews, is not always an easy film to watch. Much of the action takes place in barren 6-foot-wide hallway. The characters–seemingly normal and well-adjusted Stanford students recruited to participate in a landmark 1971 study about the psychology of imprisonment–take their […]

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Posted in Situationist Contributors, Social Psychology, Video | 1 Comment »

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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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 »

Phil Zimbardo at HLS “We Need Heroes”

Posted on March 6, 2012

Related Situationist posts: Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison and Kingsfield’s Harvard Law The Situation of Heroism Zimbardo Interview at The Believer 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 Gross & Evil The Lucifer Effect Lecture at Harvard Law School “The Devil You Know . . . […]

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Posted in Altruism, Classic Experiments, Events, Life, Morality, Positive Psychology, Situationist Contributors, Social Psychology, Video | Leave a Comment »

Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison and Kingsfield’s Harvard Law

Posted on October 31, 2011

Last week, Phil Zimbardo delivered another remarkable lecture at Harvard Law School — this time tracing his journey from studying evil to inspiring heroism.  We hope to post that video in several weeks.  For his introduction, Situationist Editor Jon Hanson assembled this short video comparing Professor Zimbardo’s Prison Experiment and Professor Kingsfield’s Harvard Law School […]

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Posted in Classic Experiments, Education, Events, Situationist Contributors, Social Psychology, Video | Leave a Comment »

Dr. Z. on Dr. Phil

Posted on December 7, 2010

Heroic Imagination in Action, December 9, 2010. Situationist Contributor, Phil Zimbardo will co-host the DR. PHIL TV show, on: Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010 (for local airing times, see http://www.drphil.com). This program continues an earlier show (Oct. 25, 2010) that focused on The Lucifer Effect, understanding how good people can turn evil, and centered on the […]

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The Need for Situationism in the Law

Posted on March 5, 2010

Dr. William Woody spoke at the University of Northern Colorado about why Psychologists should be involved in the legal system.  Here’s a ten-minute video of that event. * * * * * * For a sample of related Situationist posts, see “The Situation of False Confessions,” “Clarence Darrow on the Situation of Crime and Criminals,” “The Lucifer […]

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Posted in Education, Law, Legal Theory, Social Psychology, Video | Leave a Comment »

Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Tenet: “Guilty”

Posted on May 8, 2009

More than 10,000 people cast their votes during the last year and a half in a virtual voting booth at www.LuciferEffect.com. Their judgments accord with the recent Senate Armed Services bipartisan report that blames Bush officials for detainee abuse. It also finds that the prison guards and interrogators were not the “true culprits.” The vast majority […]

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Posted in History, Ideology, Law, Politics, Situationist Contributors, Social Psychology | 1 Comment »

Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Tenet: “Guilty”

Posted on December 19, 2008

More than 10,000 people cast their votes during the last year and a half in a virtual voting booth at www.LuciferEffect.com. Their judgments accord with the recent Senate Armed Services bipartisan report that blames Bush officials for detainee abuse. It also finds that the prison guards and interrogators were not the “true culprits.” The vast majority […]

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Situationism in the Blogosphere – October, Part III

Posted on December 1, 2008

Below, we’ve posted titles and a brief quotation from some of our favorite non-Situationist situationist blogging during October 2008. (They are listed in alphabetical order by source.) * * * From Nueronarrative: “Certainty Takes the Stand: A Discussion with Robert Burton” “In On Being Certain, neurologist Robert Burton challenges his readers to ask one of […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Blogroll, Book, Classic Experiments, Life, Naive Cynicism, Neuroscience, Social Psychology | Leave a Comment »

Jonestown (The Situation of Evil) Revisited

Posted on November 17, 2008

With the 30th Anniversary of the Jonestown Mass Suicide upon us, now is a good time to republish the three-part Situationist series from 2007 on the “Situational Sources of Evil” — published also in the January/February 2007 edition of the Yale Alumni Magazine and based my  book, The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn […]

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Lessons Learned from the Abu Ghraib Horrors

Posted on April 28, 2008

On April 28, 2004, four years ago, our nation, and the world, was shocked by the revelation of the abuse and torture of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers. More surprising than the fact of the abuse, for soldiers often abuse their enemies in wartime, was the nature of the “trophy photos.” Both male and female […]

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The Devil You Know . . .

Posted on January 23, 2008

The paperback version of (Situationist contributor) Phil Zimbardo’s bestselling book, The Lucifer Effect, is now available! To mark the event, we’re posting a recent essay, “The Evil Crowd,” by Professor Zimbardo. The uplifting essay explains why knowing the sources of evil may help us to better confront it. * * * Why do good, ordinary […]

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Posted in Book, Law, Legal Theory, Morality, Social Psychology | 1 Comment »

Celebrating Situationist Contributors

Posted on September 27, 2007

Some digging, sleuthing, and googling by the Situationist Staff turned up some good news about this blog’s impressive cast of contributors. We report a sample of that news below – in alphabetical order by last name. (You can learn more about each Situationist contributor by clicking on her or his name in the left column). […]

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Common Cause: Combating the Epidemics of Obesity and Evil

Posted on September 5, 2007

What do the abuses at Abu Ghraib and your expanding waistline have in common? Well, if the landmark study on obesity that was just published in the New England Journal of Medicine has any validity, then the answer will surprise you. Societal attempts to combat obesity and fight evil focus on modifying the individuals themselves […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Life, Social Psychology | 6 Comments »

“Situation” Trumps “Disposition”- Part II

Posted on August 9, 2007

On Tuesday, we posted Part I of our reaction to the criticism that a number of social psychologists made of Situationist Contributor Phil Zimbardo’s latest book, The Lucifer Effect. (Phil Zimbardo’s compelling reply to that criticism is available here.) [To pick up reading directly from Part I, skip from here to below the three asterisks.] […]

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“Situation” Trumps “Disposition” – Part I

Posted on August 7, 2007

A number of social psychologists recently published the following critical response to Situationist Contributor Phil Zimbardo’s latest book, The Lucifer Effect: We are concerned by the message that has been conveyed to the general public regarding the power of the situation to “trump individual dispositions” (“The Banality of Evil,” Observer, April 2007). In contrast to […]

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Posted in Legal Theory, Social Psychology, System Legitimacy, Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

Person X Situation X System Dynamics

Posted on July 30, 2007

I recently wrote the following response to APS Observer Forum criticism, “Not So Situational,” June/July 2007. This response is also published on LuciferEffect. com, the official website of The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil (Random House, 2007). * * * Personal criticism has been leveled against me as representing an excessive “situationist” […]

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Posted in Ideology, Social Psychology | 6 Comments »

Deindividuation and Seung Hui Cho

Posted on June 21, 2007

“Sure, this robe of mine doth change my disposition.” ~William Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale Phil Zimbardo, in his great book, The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil, describes “how a simple change in one’s external appearance can trigger dramatic changes in overt behavior.” The term of art is “deindividuation,” and the evidence for […]

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Posted in Conflict, Social Psychology | 8 Comments »