Thursday, June 01, 2006

The Human Behavior Experiments

'The Human Behavior Experiments': Schools for Scandal (audio available shortly)
Court TV and the Sundance Channel are airing a new documentary called The Human Behavior Experiments, which takes a historical look at the psychology of unethical behavior by examining the work of social scientists in the 1960s and 1970s. Television critic Andrew Wallenstein says the documentary is particularly powerful in light of many of today's scandals.

Apparently they show experiments that occurred in the 1960's and 1970's. Apparently these experiments show fairly "normal" people who are convinced to do awful things. Sounds kinda creepy... and interesting.


Jenn Onofrio said...

Wow. It's something we inevitably discuss in the early stages of studying social psychology -- but it's so great to hear there's some larger media coverage of it.

I think the example everyone always goes back to is Zimbardo's Stanford Prison Experiment. While it was genius and still has great relevance today, it was entirely unethical and wild. Zimbardo himself had to stop when he found himself, as the experimenter, getting out of control.

Theo said...

Wow. Crazy stuff. I see what you mean...

Zimbardo Stanford prison experiment

Anonymous said...

The documentary can be seen here:
The Human Behavior Experiments