Lecture16 - Social Psychology: Part 1 Psy 301 Lecture 16...

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Social Psychology: Part 1 Psy 301 Lecture 16 4/07/04
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Five Lessons in Social Psychology Power of situation Subjective construal Fallibility of human reason Presence of others matters Can systematically study complex social situations
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“Punishment on Learning”
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“Punishment on Learning” 1 teacher , 1 learner Learn word pairs; if wrong, punished Set-up learner Chair, electrode on wrist “condition” Shock generator Slight, moderate, strong, very strong, intense, extreme intensity, danger: severe, XXX Sample- 45V ** Something you should know…
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Script 75 volts: grunt 120 volts: complains loudly; 150: demands to be released from experiment As voltage increases: protests become more vehement and emotional 285 volts: agonized scream Soon thereafter: no sound at all
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What would you do? Pre-test estimates: All would refuse to obey Most won’t go beyond 150v Psychiatrists estimated 1/1000 would go all the way 4% would reach 300v
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Results Avg. max shock delivered: 360v 65% went all the way to 450v 80% continued giving shocks after learner w/ heart condition complained **Video (short#4) **
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Implications: Obedience to Authority An experimenter influenced ordinary ppl to commit immoral acts on an innocent bystander… Could the Holocaust have been an act of
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Lecture16 - Social Psychology: Part 1 Psy 301 Lecture 16...

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