How well do you really know yourself? You probably think that your behavior is based on a personal set of morals and values and that you’ll behave consistently according to these beliefs over time and across various situations. Social psychologists think otherwise and they’ve conducted a lot of research to document their contention that our behavior is largely a function of situational factors. Simply stated, it is quite likely that we may behave differently in various group situations compared to how we might behave when we’re alone. The forces of group dynamics can override our personal belief systems and dramatically alter our “ordinary” behavior so that good people will commit atrocious, heinous acts. Videos of three classic social psychology experiments will illustrate how easy and likely it is that good people may behave badly under certain circumstances. Three primary social dynamics will be proposed that are responsible for these behavior changes. Explanations for the atrocities of the Holocaust and Abu Ghraib will be offered and suggestions for resisting these influences will be proposed.
|Lecture # F1T1|
|Register early! There is a $5 charge for registering on the day of a one-time lecture or event. |
| ||Place:||Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus|
| ||Dates:||Tuesday — Oct. 29, 2013|
| ||Time:||9:45 a.m. — 11:15 a.m.|
| ||Fee:||$20 / member; $30 / non-member|