What is a statistical model?
By: Peter Flom
A statistical model is a mathematical representation of the relationship among variables. All models are simplifications of reality, the key question is whether the simplification adds to our knowledge and understanding of the world. Thus, a famous statistician named George Box once said that &ldquo...
Society and its people
By: PJ Settle
It was more than the skyline of New York City that was forever changed on that fateful day in September of 2001: The very fabric of this nation began to unravel. We've become prisoners to the fear that came out of the void left by...
What was the Stanford prison experiment
By: D. Vogt
The Stanford Prison Experiment was an extremely controversial psychology experiment involving authority and conformity, conducted by Philip Zimbardo in 1971. The experiment had to be terminated early due to extreme brutality on the part of the "guard" subjects. During the 1960s and 1970s, the anti-establishment...
Stanley Milgram's Yale experiments on obedience
By: D. Vogt
The Milgram experiment, held at Yale University in 1961, is a famous psychological experiment conducted by Stanley Milgram. It appeared to demonstrate that average people would willingly obey orders from people in positions of authority (such as, in that case, a scientist in a white...
By: Wayne Leon Learmond
There are a whole number of reasons as to why people become criminals. Some of these reasons may make no sense at all to the common man or woman on the street. For instance, somebody may become a criminal even if they have been brought...
What is synchronicity?
By: Megan Stoddard
Synchronicity is coincidence that is not just coincidence. Coined by Carl Jung, the word describes a concept known in religion and mysticism for millennia. Jung brought this concept into the field of psychology, along with the ideas of archetypes and the collective unconscious. It is...
What it means to dream about being naked
By: Megan Stoddard
All of us have had dreams at some time in our lives in which we were naked. What it means to dream about being naked depends on the context of the nudity in the dream and on the feelings of the dreamer. It may mean...
By: Wayne Ramsey
Archaeology is incredibly important to mankind. By determining how mankind lived in the past it is possible to prevent problems in the future. Archaeologists are also able to create a snapshot into what life was like for our ancestors. This glimpse into the past makes...
Social stratification: Difference between upper middle class and middle class
By: Saly Trebt
Upper- or Middle Class : where do you belong? Or: are we all middle class, or just pretending to be? In Wikipédia, middle class are "any class in the middle of a societal hierarchy. In Weberian socio-economic terms, the middle class is the broad...
What was the Stanford prison experiment
By: Maggie O'Cala
In 1971 Phil Zimbardo decided to conduct an experiment to observe the effects of prison from both the guard and the inmate's points of view. Volunteers were gathered and the young men who were chosen were then divided into two groups. They were assigned to...

 

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