Subject: Social Psychology
Five Minute History Lessons
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.
Lectures and Panels
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
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
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
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
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
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