Why Good People Do Horrible Things
Myles Cooley

EVENT DESCRIPTION: 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 will behave logically and consistently according to these beliefs across various situations. Social psychologists think otherwise. They have conducted research to bolster 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 and changeable group situations. The forces of group dynamics can override our personal belief systems and dramatically alter our "ordinary" behavior so that good people might commit atrocious or heinous acts. Videos of three classic social psychologist experiments will illustrate how easy and likely it is that good people may behave badly under certain circumstances. Explanations for atrocities of the Holocaust and Abu Ghraib will be offered as well as suggestions for resisting these detrimental influences.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Myles Cooley is a Board Certified, Licensed Psychologist who has practiced in northern Palm Beach County for over 35 years. His current practice specializes in Attention Deficit Disorder, learning disabilities, and autism spectrum disorders.

Dr. Cooley's Ph.D. was conferred by the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany.  His Bachelors and Masters Degrees are from Bucknell University. He has published several papers and a book entitled, Teaching Kids with Mental Health and Learning Disorders in the Regular Classroom. He has trained mental health counselors, school psychologists, pediatricians, teachers and parents in effective strategies to deal with children and adolescents with mental health disorders. He has been the recipient of multiple awards from the Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County.  Dr. Cooley became interested in behavioral economics several years ago. He has lectured on related topics at FAU's Lifelong Learning Center in Jupiter in the Fall 2012 semester and offered a very successful lecture series for LLS Boca in the Fall of 2013.

Time: 10:00 am - 11:45 am
Date: Monday, March 10, 2014
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member advance registration - $20 per event
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Door price member/non-member - $25