Archive | May, 2009

Griffiths: Cognitive Bias and Skill in Gambling

“… Rational choice theory predicts that people will not gamble, thus it is theorised that regular gamblers gamble because they make the wrong decisions – that cognitive bias (irrational thinking) distorts their reasoning. The aim of this study was to increase understanding of the cognitive processes and behaviour of persistent fruit machine gamblers.” Almost 18 […]

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 […]

This week on Twitter (2009-05-17)

Can you find the 12 faces? I only count 11 http://bit.ly/e7Mz4 # Tuesday BBC1 9.00 10 Things You Need to Know About Sleep http://bit.ly/QrDhu # Tuesday BBC2 also 9.00 Horizon: How Violent Are You? http://bit.ly/18wS17 # Man flu – it really does exist! http://bit.ly/13FqOm # The Internet Helps Teenagers with Social Relationships http://bit.ly/tBJSx #

Zimbardo on Milgram and Obedience

There’s a nice little two part piece on The Situationist which has Zimbardo commenting on Milgram’s work. Well worth a read. “Milgram left us with a vital legacy of brilliant ideas that began with those centered on obedience to authority and extended into many new realms—urban psychology, the small-world problem, six degrees of separation, and […]

Is a home smoking ban enough to stop teen smoking?

We all know the power of role models and I have written about the effect of role modes on behaviour many times before: from the moving ‘Children See, Children Do‘ campaign to talking about the effectiveness of the pictures of death and destruction that now adorn our fag packets. All these ideas are supported by […]