Should we rewrite Psychology History? A New Look at the Milgram Obedience Studies

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  Stanley Milgram’s studies of destructive obedience – the tendency to follow orders resulting in harm to another person – have earned a place in psychology’s Hall of Fame, appearing on all recent psychology A-level specifications and in most, if not all, general undergraduate textbooks. And why not? Milgram’s studies were brilliantly designed, meticulously carried out […]

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Error

An observant reader noticed an error on page 198 of the new AS/Year 1 AQA book. In the key terms box the definitions for covert and obvert observation are the wrong way round, though the text is correct. Overt observation is open – people know they are being observed. Covert observation is closed – people […]

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Painful attachments

A recent study by researchers from University College and Kings Cross College in London and the University of Hertfordshire made headlines  at the start of January 2015 with its conclusions that some women would find childbirth easier if their partner was not with them during labour. The study was actually about attachment, because the researchers were interested in […]

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The gateway to memory

Psychologists have known for many years that memories are primarily stored in the cerebral cortex of the brain, and that a ‘control centre’ buried deep in the brain, is involved in both creating memories and retrieving them from their store in the cerebral cortex: made up of the hippocampus and the entorhinal cortex. In November […]

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