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Paltering: The Art of Lying Truthfully | Rogers et al. (2016)

It might not be something we think about explicitly, but the act of lying is underpinned by a series of complex and intriguing psychological processes: goal-setting, social manipulation, theory of mind, memory, imagination. Rogers et al. posit that there are three types of lie: 1 – Lying by Commission – actively making up a mis-truth. […]

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Rosenhan (1973) | ‘On Being Sane In Insane Places’

Print PDF A decade after the publication of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (by Ken Kesey), Stanford Psychologist David Rosenhan tested the limitations of psychiatry by submitting 8 perfectly healthy participants to psychiatric hospitals. The pseudo-patients claimed to hear voices, which said words including Hollow, Empty and Thud. Once admitted to the psychiatric ward, […]

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Zimbardo (1972) | Stanford Prison Experiment

Print PDF Philip Zimbardo’s most famous study, The Stanford Prison Experiment, almost went horribly wrong. The experiment had to be called off within a week because the conditions had proved to be too dangerous for participants to continue. Psychologists have a duty to protect their participants from mental and physical harm and, as you will […]

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Why Did Milgram’s Participants Commit Murder?

Print PDF In 1961, Stanley Milgram shocked the Psychology community by disproving the ‘Germans Are Evil’ hypothesis in the most ethically troubling study. Outlined in this video are five factors which may influence the results of Milgram’s study: 1) People are socially conditioned to conform and obey. 2) People accept instruction from an authority figure […]

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Milgram (1961) | Obedience to Authority

In 1961, Stanley Milgram conducted a social experiment at Yale University that would earn him a reputation as one of the great 20th Century Social Psychologists.   But such an accolade didn’t come without its controversy. Milgram’s experiment was so ethically dubious that it saw him suspended from the American Psychological Association for a year. […]