Sometimes we do something and we are like whyyyy did

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- sometimes we do something and we are like “ whyyyy did I do that???” (unaware of the sources of motivation) Role Playing - experiment: set up Stanford University like a prison and randomly assigned students to be prisoners or guards - they then observed what happens over time - interested in look at how peoples attitudes change by behaving in certain roles - they had to stop the experiment after 48 hours due to the behavior that was occurring .... 215: Feb 15th
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- small changes in our environment or in the situational context can have a huge impact on how we are thinking, feeling, and behaving - Iraqi incidence: military personnel and iraqi soldiers that are now prisoners and are being mis-treated by the guards... (de-humanizing) - we all have normal attitudes to dental hygiene - (it is unlikely that our parents sat us down and explained what can happen to your teeth if you don’t brush it) - they tried to take control of your behavior; with the hope that you would develop the attitude afterward Experience and Attitudes - seat belt laws and societal attitudes - when this law came out it was so difficult to get people to wear seat belts... they spent millions of dollars on Ads in the states and it made no impact - Canada made a law and if they did not wear their seat belt then they got a huge ticket - 30 years down the line we don’t even think twice! (government took control of behavior which lead to change in attitude) - watching violence against children - watching violence against women - repeated exposure to such violence apparently makes you think less badly about it. - example: men had to go and watch aggressive porn films (for 7 days in a row) - control group watched a neutral film - after the week they then show you a video clip of a trial situation where a man is accused of sexual assault on a women and YOUR job is to decide if the man is guilty or not - the men watching the porn films for a week were less likely to find the men guilty - after watching all these films that have negative attitudes (obviously coercion to women is bad but they are watching it over and over again and your mind tells you that if you are coming back all the time then you aren’t really against it so your mind changes your attitude then when we ask you about this trial you don’t think he is all that guilty because your attitudes have changed...) -behavior plays an important role Dissonance Experiment - participate in study that is so unbelievingly boring, and then you rate how interesting the study was (that is the blue bar) - and then they ask some participants to please tell the next participant in line that this study was so much fun and you loved it, etc (and we will pay you 20 bucks), so you go out there and tell them - and then before you leave you rate how interesting it is (and it is not incredible but now your level of interest is a bit more than the control group); we got you to behave in a way that was inconsistent with your attitude (by telling someone it is 215: Feb 15th
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