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The HIP Social Psychology Series

The Stanford Prison Experiment

The Stanford Prison Experiment, a dramatic simulation study of the psychology of imprisonment and one of the best known psychology experiments ever undertaken. Dr. Zimbardo takes us through the Stanford Prison Experiment, in which healthy college students are transformed into unstable prisoners and brutal prison guards within days by the power of the situation in which they found themselves.

Abu Ghraib: The Bad Barrel

(Caution contains images of violence). The power of systemic and situational forces at the Abu Ghraib prison, a “bad barrel”, corrupted the behavior of good soldiers and led to prisoner abuses and torture.

President Obama Discusses Everyday Heroism

President Obama tells us that we all have the potential to be a more than just a “drop in the bucket” and gives his insight into how we all have the power to change the world through small acts of everyday heroism.

The Power of First Impressions

A practical demonstration of the speed at which impressions are made and how difficult they can be to change. Three women go into a job interview, with the interviewer secretly providing live information about her impressions of the applicants..

TED Talk: The Heroic Imagination Project

Dr. Philip Zimbardo introduces the Heroic Imagination Project at TED University 2010. Zimbardo, whose work has studied the depths of human evildoing and the heights of heroism, is passionate about inspiring people to take heroic action.

Dr. Zimbardo Speaks with the Dalai Lama

Dr. Zimbardo and the Dalai Lama discuss the process of transforming compassionate intentions into heroic actions as well as the role of science in enhancing our understanding of the self.

HIP Interview with Michael Winston

Understanding Persuasion

HIP advisor Dr. Robert Cialdini explains his principals of advertising and persuasion: The reciprocity norm, scarcity, authority, and commitment.

Picketing Against Everything “Candid Camera”

For more information about “Candid Camera,” and to learn about the collection of “Candid Camera” videos for both educational and home-viewing, visit: www.CandidCamera.com. (Footage used here by permission from Candid Camera, Inc.)

Expert Changes Opinion “Candid Camera”

For more information about “Candid Camera,” and to learn about the collection of “Candid Camera” videos for both educational and home-viewing, visit: www.CandidCamera.com. (Footage used here by permission from Candid Camera, Inc.).

The Moriarty Study

Classic footage of the Moriarty experiment in which asking a stranger to keep an eye on a radio causes them to protect it, when they would not otherwise.