Category Archives: Social Psych

The Book That Got All The Wheels Turning

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I first became interested in psychology by analyzing dreams (post coming soon). Everything changed once I got my hands on a copy of Malcolm Gladwell‘s Blink. Gladwell is not a psychologist, but he is … Continue reading

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Cognitive Dissonance – How We Are Really Good At Lying To Our Selves

Humans like consistency, and when something comes along that challenges that consistency, they freak out. This is most clearly seem by a study conducted by Leon Festinger and Merrill Carlsmith. Participants entered the experiment with the idea that the study … Continue reading

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The Fundamental Attribution Error – How We Are Wrong Most of the Time

I work for an organization at Rutgers called Dance Marathon, a student run philanthropy where we raise money for the non medical needs of children with cancers and blood disorders. Dance marathon quickly became the best thing I have ever … Continue reading

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The Good Samaritan – The Psychology of Time

The name is taken from an old biblical parable about a man who had been robbed beaten and left for dead on the side of the road. Passed twice, first by a priest then by a Levite, things were not … Continue reading

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5 Monkeys – How norms are perpetuated

I stumbled on this video a while back. It’s thought-provoking and ties in well with the Stanford Prison Experiment post from yesterday. I would love to hear what some of you think of this, Enjoy.

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The Stanford Prison Experiment

The Experiment “What happens when you put good people in an evil place?” – Philip G. Zimbardo – In what could be called the most famous psych experiment ever performed, Zimbardo and his colleges aimed to answer just that. In … Continue reading

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