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Shocking Boredom Study


Shocking Boredom Study

Fifteen minutes may not seem like a terribly long time, but when left alone with just one’s thoughts for company, it is apparently unbearable, and many would sooner shock themselves than endure it. Nearly half of the participants in a recent study—18 of 42—elected to administer at least one mildly painful electric shock to themselves at some point during a 15-minute period in which they were left alone in an empty room and asked to sit at a table “entertaining themselves with their own thoughts.” Though some have criticized the study’s design, the researchers concluded that, on the whole, people prefer doing something, even something unpleasant, to doing nothing at all. More… Discuss

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THE MILGRAM EXPERIMENT: OBEDIENCE VS. CONSCIENCE


The Milgram Experiment: Obedience vs. Conscience

While top Nazi official Adolf Eichmann stood trial for his crimes against humanity during the Holocaust, psychologist Stanley Milgram sought to understand the Nazis‘ behavior. He launched an experiment in 1961 that investigated a person’s willingness to follow orders that conflict with his or her conscience. His method, in which subjects were ordered to administer “electric shocks” of varying intensity to people in another room, were later deemed unethical. What were Milgram’s findings? More… Discuss

 

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FEAR IS NOTHING TO LOSE SLEEP OVER


Fear Is Nothing to Lose Sleep Over

Researchers say we can combat our fears in our sleep. When an image was linked to an unpleasant stimulus—a mild electric shock—as well as a certain smell and study participants were exposed to that smell while they slept, they exhibited less fear when shown the related image later. Many phobias can be treated by exposure therapy, a form of behavior therapy in which an individual is gradually encouraged to approach a feared object and to successively spend longer periods of time in proximity to it. These findings suggest that this sort of approach could also be applied during sleep. More…