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Questioning the Banality of Evil

There has been an almost widespread consensus amongst social psychologists that tyranny triumphs either because ordinary people blindly follow orders or else because they mindlessly conform to powerful roles. Much of this consensus has been influenced by the work of Milgram and Zimbardo However, more recently, British psychologists S. Alexander Haslam and Stephen D. Reicher […]

The BBC Prison Study

Did you struggle teaching the BBC Prison Study? I did and was annoyed at myself because I knew it was a good addition to the core studies and I believed that my enthusiasm for this new study, and in particular Reicher and Haslam’s critique of the flawed Stanford Prison Experiment, would reach my students. However, […]

OCR psychology erratic marking and remarking in the news again

OCR psychology has been in the news a couple of times recently regarding its examining and remarking policy Back in September, Warwick Mansell reported concerns about the erratic marking of this summer’s psychology papers. In personal communication with Warwick, a reporter for TES, it was found that much of the concern was regarding 2541 with […]

Washoe the chimp has died

The famous research chimpanzee has died aged 42. She passed away last Tuesday night Washoe was born and captured in West Africa, briefly used for research by the US Air Force, and finally adopted by psychologists Beatrix and R. Allen Gardner, who raised her in their home and treated her like a deaf human child. […]

Empathising-systemising (E-S) theory

Simon Baron-Cohen has become well known in the media for the development of empathising-systemising (E-S) theory.   Empathising is the drive to identify another person’s emotions and thoughts, and to respond to these with an appropriate emotion. Systemising is the drive to analyse and explore a system, to extract underlying rules that govern the behaviour […]

The Psychology of Celebrity

I have wanted for a while now to make a list of well known people who have an A level in psychology. The addition to the AQA specification of the ‘psychology of celebrity’ and the start of Big Brother has rekindled my interest in this question. If anybody could help me I would be very […]