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2013-03-05 11:46:40

If you think giving someone the cold shoulder inflicts pain only on them, beware. A new study shows that individuals who deliberately shun another person are equally distressed by the experience. "In real life and in academic studies, we tend to focus on the harm done to victims in cases of social aggression," says co-author Richard Ryan, professor of clinical and social psychology at the University of Rochester. "This study shows that when people bend to pressure to exclude others, they...

2012-11-21 11:39:09

In the 1960s and 1970s, classic social psychological studies were conducted that provided evidence that even normal, decent people can engage in acts of extreme cruelty when instructed to do so by others. However, in an essay published November 20 in the open access journal PLOS Biology, Professors Alex Haslam and Stephen Reicher revisit these studies' conclusions and explain how awful acts involve not just obedience, but enthusiasm too–challenging the long-held belief that human beings...

2012-07-19 07:59:19

What makes soldiers abuse prisoners? How could Nazi officials condemn thousands of Jews to gas chamber deaths? What's going on when underlings help cover up a financial swindle? For years, researchers have tried to identify the factors that drive people to commit cruel and brutal acts and perhaps no one has contributed more to this knowledge than psychological scientist Stanley Milgram. Just over 50 years ago, Milgram embarked on what were to become some of the most famous studies in...

Six Degrees Of Separation Getting Smaller
2011-11-22 10:43:46

The infamous “six degrees of separation” is shrinking apparently. Facebook, and researchers from the Laboratory for Web Algorithmics of the Università degli Studi di Milano in Milan Italy, have determined that the average number of people who separate any two individuals in the world is actually 4.74, Steven Musil of CNET is reporting. The original six degrees of separation testing came from Stanley Milgram´s 1967 “small world experiment”, which...

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2010-08-20 12:35:00

Virtual reality is giving scientists the ability to ask tough questions about human behaviors that were previously thought not possible or unethical. Scientists in Spain designed a trial that allows men to step inside the body of a woman subjected to violence. Male volunteers at Barcelona University experienced life as a virtual young girl and then separately witnessed violence towards her. The men later empathized with her more than usual, feeling scared and insecure themselves. "I want to...

2009-03-23 15:25:00

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., March 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "I was just following orders." From Abu Ghraib to Nazi Germany, this Nuremberg Defense has been heard throughout history. It also sparked the curiosity of psychologist Dr. Stanley Milgram, which led to his Obedience to Authority experiment. The test began in 1961 and the purpose was to examine if human beings would follow the instructions of an authority figure, even if the commands were morally questionable. When news about prisoner...

2008-12-25 16:26:25

Replicating a controversial experiment from some 50 years ago, a U.S. psychologist found people are just as willing to administer painful electric shocks. Jerry M. Burger of Santa Clara University replicated one of the famous obedience experiments of the late Stanley Milgram and found compliance rates in the replication only slightly lower than those found by Milgram. Like Milgram, Burger found no difference in the rates of obedience between men and women. People learning about Milgram's...

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2008-12-19 13:23:02

Scientists said on Friday they had replicated the notorious Stanley Milgram experiment from the 60's in which people obediently delivered painful shocks to others if encouraged to do so by authority figures. Jerry Burger of Santa Clara University in California found that seventy percent of volunteers continued to administer electrical shocks even after faked screams of pain from an actor. "What we found is validation of the same argument"”if you put people into certain situations, they...

2008-08-03 12:00:13

By Peter Whoriskey The Washington Post WASHINGTON -- Turns out, it is a small world. The so-called small world theory, embodied in the old saw that there are just "six degrees of separation" between any two strangers on Earth, has been largely corroborated by a massive study of electronic communication. With records of 30 billion electronic conversations among 180 million people from around the world, researchers have concluded that any two people on average are distanced by just 6.6...


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