Tag Archives | Zimbardo

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 […]

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 […]

Talk about Tyranny

The addition of the new Reicher & Haslam study to the course has introduced to many a long-argued debate surrounding Zimbardo’s original Stanford Prison Experiment; calling into question his conclusions and situational explanation for the behaviour that was seen.   Reicher & Haslam argue against this in their 2006 research from the BBC’s The Experiment (and they […]

Tyranny and the tyrant (The Psychologist)

Last months ‘The Psychologist‘ had an excellent book review of Zimbardo’s recent work ‘The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil‘ written by Phil Banyard. The review highlights the very real holes and pitfalls in Zimbardo’s ‘it’s not my fault I was told to’ argument. The driving force for Philip Zimbardo to write The […]

Review: Classic Studies in Psychology 1 (DVD)

All those lucky teachers out there now have another fantastic resource to help in their teaching of psychology. Classic Studies in Psychology is brought to us by Dr. Steve Taylor. The Short Cuts packages consist of a number of short video clips designed to give teachers the flexibility to integrate illustrative video material into their […]