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What Forces Prompt or Inhibit Evil or Heroic Behaviour

Philip Zimbardo
BOLDtalks 2011

The most powerful antidote to the world's evils is the world's heroes. Dr. Zimbardo, the psychologist behind the famous "Stanford Prison Experiment" gives an eye-opening presentation at BOLDtalks on his findings of what turns good people evil.

You might remember Dr. Zimbardo for his controversial "Stanford Prison Experiment" that highlighted the ease with which ordinary intelligent college students crossed the line between good and evil when caught up in the matrix of situational and systemic forces.

In this presentaion Dr. Zimbardo also explains his findings from this experiment, and applies his theory by analyzing a modern day case-study through a panel-discussion with an ex-Guantanamo Bay detention Guard and a Prisoner.

Philip Zimbardo is one of the most distinguished living psychologists, having served as President of the American Psychological Association, designed and narrated the award winning 26-part PBS series, Discovering Psychology, and has published more than 50 books and 400 professional and popular articles and chapters, among them, Shyness, The Lucifer Effect, and The Time Paradox.

A professor emeritus at Stanford University, Dr. Zimbardo has spent 50 years teaching and studying psychology. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from Yale University, and his areas of focus include time perspective, shyness, terrorism, madness, and evil.

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