Episode 69: Personal Space Invasions – Ethical Implications of one of Psychology’s Strangest Studies

Famous Study Involving Watching Men at Urinals

Remember the psychological study conducted in a men's toilet? In the 1970s men were videotaped as they urinated - without their knowing it. Think this sounds weird? Unethical? What exactly were they looking to find out? We revisit this study and take a close look at what the critics say and what the authors themselves have to say in response. A fascinating look at the ethics, informed consent and research in psychology. Resources for this Episode Personal Space Invasions - this is episode 16 in which I first discussed this strange but memorable study. The article discussed in this … [Read more...]

Episode 50: Psychological Study Ripped Straight from….the Bible?

How many scientific studies find their inspiration from a parable in the bible? Well, this one does and for my 50th episode I'll go over a very interesting study based on the Good Samaritan parable. We'll take another look at the topic of bystander intervention by asking the question: are people more likely to help someone if they are thinking "pious" thoughts at the time? [adsenseyu2] After reviewing the study I'll take a look at a couple articles that cite the good Samaritan parable and ask the question: what does the results of this study imply about the value of character education, … [Read more...]