Social Thinking: Crash Course Psychology #37


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Social Thinking: Crash Course Psychology #37

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Why do people do bad things? Is it because of the situation or who they are at their core? In this week’s episode of Crash Course Psychology, Hank works to shed a little light on the ideas of Situation vs. Personality. Oh, and we’ll have a look at the Stanford Prison Experiment… It’s alarming.

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Table of Contents:

Social Psychology 01:29
Fundamental Attribution Error 02:04
Dual-Process Theory of Persuasion 03:18
Foot-In-The-Door Phenomenon 04:35
Stanford Prison Experiment 05:12
Cognitive Dissonance 8:08


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  1. Im good because i chose to be good not because i am inheriteley good i am human not good the bible says that its my choice; even my choice to believe that or not. i am the owner of thyself

  2. Thank you, Hank! Love from uOttawa.

    Also, I've finally pinpointed why your voice is familiar… It's like when I had to practice staccato scales lol

  3. You mention Family Therapy–Also things happening in a system–about 15 brands of family therapy–we would love you to do those!!!

  4. It is time to take the Stanford Study out of this video. Turns out there was more going on than the researchers let on, which confounded the study in various ways.

  5. So, if people are aware of the effect of the situation overriding the individual, why don't we have positively channeled situations that can cause individuals to act in a more ideal way? If you can figure out how to manipulate people &game them, why not do it for the betterment of all instead of relying on chaos for change that benefits some and not others? Get back 2me when ppl get to that point instead of running around the treadmill of pointlessness every single human being I've ever me is on. We ask why GOD doesn't fix all of our problems, but it become rather apparent that we have a good deal of run over what happens for X% of the time and an insight into each others workings and wants so why never have those with the most power in society made that "better world" we all would LOVE to take credit for?

  6. Check your data. One of the prisoners did not fully recover by a long shot and by today's standards all of them needed at least a debrief to come down back to normal or flat out therapy.

  7. I'm immune to groupthink lol
    proceed to see 100 other 'like comments
    Edit: wait I did not found those other comments

  8. The music at the end makes me feel like I need to be sitting in a cozy cafe, reading a book, with tea and a croissant while it's raining.

  9. I like how they just don’t care about all the more cruel and evil people of color, they just focus on the white man… Shame…

  10. Something to note about the prison experiment is that recently they found a lot of stuff that calls I to question the whole experiment. Like how they advertised to college students looking for guards and prisons. It may have been because college students just act like that and 2 that already aggresive people would be looking to be a guard and that the situation didnt make them like that. They also found that a lot of the participants, mostly the prisoners were acting crazy because they thought that's how they were supposed to be reacting. They were acting. Just something to keep in mind for new watchers.