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Conditioning Introduction

Social psychology experiments can explain how thoughts, feelings and behaviors are influenced by the presence of others.

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Typically social psychology studies investigate how someone's behavior influences a groups behavior or internal states, such as attitude or self-concept.

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Milgram's Lost Letter Experiment

Classic social psychology experiments are widely used to expose the key elements of aggressive behavior, prejudice and stereotyping. Social group prejudice is manifested in people's unfavorable attitudes towards a particular social group. Stanley Milgram's Lost Letter Experiment further explains this.

Observational Role Learning

Behaviorists ruled psychology for a long time. They focused on how individuals learn by trying and failing. Albert Bandura thought that humans are much more than "learning machines". He thought that we learn from role models, initiating the (bandura) social cognitive theory. It all started with the Bobo Doll Experiment.

Helping Behavior - Good Samaritan

Knowing the story of the Good Samaritan makes you wonder what made the Samaritan help the stranger, and why did he not get help from the priest or the Levite? The Good Samaritan Experiment explores causes of not showing helping behavior or altruism.

Cognitive Dissonance Experiment

The Cognitive Dissonance Experiment by Leon Festinger assumes that people hold many different cognitions about their world and tests what happens when the cognitions do not fit. See also the more in depth article about the Cognitive Dissonance Experiment.


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  • avatar What are psychological experiments?
    • Psychological Experiments are experiments that come in many shapes and forms, however their main purpose is to discover how and why the brain works the way it does. There are many different types of experiments, from laboratory experiments (all variables controlled however may lack ecological validity, may have Hawthorne affect (when the participant tells the questioner what they think they want to hear)) to observational experiments (no control over the variables, may still have Hawthorne effect, though has more ecological validity)! There is also quantitative number- looking for a cau…