EPISODE 400: with special guest MATT CHAMPAGNE

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6 Responses

  1. Sabrina says:

    Great episode! Also: I hate cilantro.

  2. alex says:

    Haven’t listened to the episode just yet, but there better be a joke along the lines of: “that’s right listeners, for our 400th episode, we decided to break out the Champagne.”

    Congratulations on 400! 🙂

  3. Julius says:

    On the Nosferatu bit: the idea that vampires die in sunlight was invented after Nosferatu.

    Sorry to be pedantic, but I couldn’t not.

  4. Sarah Brinks says:

    Congrats on 400 episodes guys! Matt was a great guest!

  5. Scott L says:

    Ha, I’m the listener who complained about the Stanford Prison Experiment in a previous episode. My issue with it isn’t so much that it was unethical (which it was), but that from a scientific rigor stand point, it was a poorly designed study and executed even more poorly. Some researchers in England even paired with the BBC to try and do a partial replication of the SPE, and weren’t able to see the same effects that Zimbardo (the SPE researcher) claimed to have observed (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_prison_experiment#BBC_prison_study).

    This article does a good job summarizing what Zimbardo claims the study shows and outlining the major criticisms of it: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn/201310/why-zimbardo-s-prison-experiment-isn-t-in-my-textbook

    As someone with a Ph.D. in psychology, I just have a personal pet peeve that when it comes to psychology research everyone knows and references the SPE, despite the thing actually be pretty worthless outside of providing an interesting anecdote. There’s just better research out there that people don’t know about. For instance, other famous and more rigorous early psychology research around similar phenomena include Milgram’s obedience studies, which are not without their own criticisms, to be fair (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milgram_experiment), and Asch’s conformity studies (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asch_conformity_experiments).

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