Psychology in Action

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data worth the consequences to the subjects? Ask the students to write a one-page paper and be prepared to discuss their answers at the next class meeting. 2. What is the value of Zimbardo's prison study? Can we really learn anything from role playing or is the real prison situation too different from a group of college students being paid to role play? Is role playing a valid method for collecting social data? 3. Based on your own behaviors, do you agree or disagree with the frustration-aggression hypothesis? What do you think about biological theories such as the role of testosterone? Should violent prisoners be allowed to be castrated? Should this increase their chances for parole? Would this help reduce violence? Why or why not? 4. Are humans innately aggressive or are these behaviors learned? To the extent they are learned, what can parents and society do to decrease violence? Should we reduce the amount of aggression on TV? Would our society be better off without TV? Could this ever happen? Have the students prepare a one-page paper and be prepared to discuss their answers at the beginning of the next class. W eb S ites National Self-Esteem Society This site offers comprehensive information on self-esteem, definitions, and resources for improving self-image. TIP: Theories This site is primarily concerned with covering different theories within social psychology. . Links to Social Psychology Topics Instructor's Resource Guide                               Chapter 16                                             Page  241
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Provides links to many other clinical psychology web sites. A comprehensive reference site that provides links to a variety of topics in social psychology including group behavior, interpersonal relations, social influence, prejudice, gender, and pro- social behavior. The Shyness Home Page This site contains links to web pages relating to the topic of social shyness. Stanford Prison Experiment Dr. Zimbardo’s on-line slide show detailing scenes from the famous Stanford Prison study. The Lucifer Effect Official web site of The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil (Random House, 2007). Dr. Zimbardo summarize more than 30 years of research on factors that can create a "perfect storm" which leads good people to engage in evil actions. Obedience to Authority . This site provides a clear and concise description of the obedience studies carried out by Dr. Stanley Milgram. The site presentation is enhanced by the inclusion of photos that depict scenes of the original research project.
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