Subject: Social Psychology

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Five Minute History Lessons

Robbers Cave

Muzafer and Carolyn Wood Sherif’s (1954) “Intergroup conflict and cooperation: The Robbers Cave experiment” is one of the most well-known and cited studies in the history of social psychology. Learn more about the Eagles and the Rattlers (and the Panthers and the Pythons before them), intergroup conflict, and super ordinate goals through archival film and audio, photographs, and primary source documents from the famous study.

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Lectures and Panels

Psychology Film Club: The Stanford Prison Experiment

Discussion of the 2015 film The Stanford Prison Experiment, depicting the notorious prison life study conducted by Dr. Philip Zimbardo (Billy Crudup).

Length: 59 minutes

Originally recorded: October 29, 2020

Psychology Film Club: Experimenter: The Stanley Milgram Story

Discussion of the 2015 Experimenter: The Stanley Milgram Story, depicting the life of Stanley Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard) and the events surrounding his famous obedience experiments.

Length: 61 minutes

Originally recorded: April 30, 2020

Dr. Philip Zimbardo: My Journey from Creating Evil to Inspiring Heroism

In this presentation, Dr. Philip Zimbardo of the Stanford Prison Experiment discusses the psychology of evil and heroism.

Length: 90 minutes

Originally recorded: October 5, 2015

Dr. OJ Harvey Colloquium

In this colloquium, Dr. OJ Harvey, a student and collaborator of Muzafer Sherif, talks about Muzafer and Carolyn Wood Sherif, their Robbers Cave Experiment in intergroup competition, and his participation in its design and completion.

Length: 59 minutes

Originally recorded: 2006

Archival Films & Recordings

Stanford Prison Experiment debriefing audio

Audio excerpt from a debriefing session conducted between researchers and participants of the Stanford Prison Experiment. A member of the research team talks the group through the ethical dilemma at the heart of this—and many other—social psychology experiments.

Length: 4 minutes

Originally recorded: ca. 1970s

Kurt Lewin's Leadership Study

Film footage from Kurt Lewin's famous studies of the effects of different types of leadership on the social climate of groups. Lewin compared the effects of autocratic, democratic, and laissez-faire leadership, a topic that was of vast importance in the years during and after World War II.

Length: 12 minutes

Originally recorded: ca. 1940s