Original Sources: Landmark Studies in the History of Psychology
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Social Sciences
Course Number: NPSY 3045
Course Format: Lecture
Permission Required: No
Although there is variation in psychologists' must-read lists, a few classics are always cited: "oldies but goodies" such as Milgram's study on obedience and Zimbardo's prison simulation, which have attained star status and, a generation after they were conducted, continue to inform us about human behavior. We read Bandura and Ross' frequently cited study of children's imitation of violent behavior, Freud's very engaging "Little Hans" case study, Watson's somewhat troubling "Little Albert" case study, and Harlow's good mother–bad mother "monkey love" study. We read Steele and Aronson on stereotype threat and Glick and Fiske on benevolent sexism. Along the way, we examine the ethical dimensions of psychological experimentation and discuss whether some of the studies we read could or should be carried out today.