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July 23, 2014

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3:16 AM | Heroes and Villains: Banal or Special People? Part 2 of 2
In part 1 of this post, I discussed the situationist analysis of the “banality” of evil and of heroism respectively. To recap, according to Phil Zimbardo and colleagues, both heroic acts and evil acts occur primarily in response to situational factors, rather than internal features of the person. However, on closer inspection, the situationist analysis provides inconsistent accounts of how each of these occurs. Evil actions are attributed to factors entirely outside the person, […]

Carnahan T & McFarland S (2007). Revisiting the Stanford prison experiment: could participant self-selection have led to the cruelty?, Personality & social psychology bulletin, 33 (5) 603-14. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17440210

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3:16 AM | Heroes and Villains: Banal or Special People? Part 2 of 2
In part 1 of this post, I discussed the situationist analysis of the “banality” of evil and of heroism respectively. To recap, according to Phil Zimbardo and colleagues, both heroic acts and evil acts occur primarily in response to situational factors, rather than internal features of the person. However, on closer inspection, the situationist analysis provides inconsistent accounts of how each of these occurs. Evil actions are attributed to factors entirely outside the person, […]

Carnahan T & McFarland S (2007). Revisiting the Stanford prison experiment: could participant self-selection have led to the cruelty?, Personality & social psychology bulletin, 33 (5) 603-14. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17440210

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July 22, 2014

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5:45 PM | Suspicious Things Really Make Us ‘Smell Something Fishy’
When we say “Fred is a warm person,” we don’t usually mean his body temperature is hotter than average. We use metaphors such as “warm”, “high”, and “clean” to describe more abstract concepts like “friendly,” “powerful,” and “morally sound.” So we mean that Fred is friendly, not that he has a fever. But these metaphors […]

July 20, 2014

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10:45 AM | How to Be More Assertive at Work
We’ve all had days or weeks or months at our jobs where we feel like we’re being taken advantage of. You know the feeling: if it doesn’t come in getting passed over for an opportunity, it comes at the hands of either your boss or coworkers not giving you the respect you think you deserve. […]

July 10, 2014

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1:44 AM | Why Students Chose to Shock Themselves Rather Than Sit Alone With Their Thoughts
We live in a world saturated with sensory stimulations. From our cell phones to our laptops and TVs, almost our entire day is a marathon of sights and sounds, all competing for our increasingly short attention spans. So you would think most people would enjoy the opportunity to get away from it all and gather their […]

July 08, 2014

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12:00 AM | If You Love Science, This Will Make You Lose Your Sh*t
Over the past few years, social psychologists have come under fire for publishing work based on falsified and non-reproducible evidence . And now one social psychologist has published an awe-inspiringly clueless rant about this situation that will leave you smashing your face into your desk.Read more...

July 07, 2014

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5:00 PM | Ask For Help
About 1 in 4 Americans suffer from mental illness in any given year. It's time we remove the stigma of asking for help. To start, we are providing resources and asking you to share your story so that we may help one another.

July 01, 2014

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8:30 AM | Here's How People Try to Explain Colors to a Blind Person
Tommy Edison, who has done many videos about what it's like to have been blind since birth, recently asked people to describe colors to him. And the result says a lot about our emotional connection to color, which can differ from the reality a fair bit.Read more...
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5:49 AM | Heroes and Villains: Banal or Special People? Part 1 of 2
What moves a person to become a hero or a villain? Do people perform heroic actions, acts which involve genuine risk to themselves, because they are special people, or is it just a matter of circumstance, being in the right place at the right time? Do people who perform evil actions do so because of flaws in their character, or are they just victims of an evil system that corrupts the innocent, inducing otherwise “good” people to do terrible things? Those who subscribe to […]

Carnahan T & McFarland S (2007). Revisiting the Stanford prison experiment: could participant self-selection have led to the cruelty?, Personality & social psychology bulletin, 33 (5) 603-14. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17440210

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5:49 AM | Heroes and Villains: Banal or Special People? Part 1 of 2
What moves a person to become a hero or a villain? Do people perform heroic actions, acts which involve genuine risk to themselves, because they are special people, or is it just a matter of circumstance, being in the right place at the right time? Do people who perform evil actions do so because of flaws in their character, or are they just victims of an evil system that corrupts the innocent, inducing otherwise “good” people to do terrible things? Those who subscribe to […]

Carnahan T & McFarland S (2007). Revisiting the Stanford prison experiment: could participant self-selection have led to the cruelty?, Personality & social psychology bulletin, 33 (5) 603-14. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17440210

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June 30, 2014

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5:00 PM | Social Anxiety Institute
The Social Anxiety Institute is the only treatment center in the world that specializes solely in the treatment of social anxiety.

June 28, 2014

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10:30 AM | Psychology Around the Net: June 28, 2014
This week’s Psychology Around the Net covers everything from online dating and trophy wives to music and lessons in depression. Social Psychology and Why Wearing Red Improves Your Online Dating Chances: Wearing red can remind potential partners of flushing, blushing, and even dominance! America’s Most Depressing Jobs? Hint: if you work in the “Amusement and […]

June 26, 2014

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6:48 AM | What are the factors that are associated with child abuse?
One of the most difficult situations that must have faced minor is when undergoing any type of abuse, be it physical or psychological.

June 25, 2014

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5:12 PM | Do you know the consequences of daily oxidative stress suffer?
Continuous stress on the job is source of weakening of the organism, reducing the defenses, which increases the occurrence of diseases.
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