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Experimenter Movie Clip - Post Modern (2015) - Peter Sargaard, Anton Yelchin Drama HD

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Experimenter Movie Clip - Post Modern (2015) - Peter Sargaard, Anton Yelchin Drama HD


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Social psychologist Stanley Milgram conducts a series of radical experiments that test the willingness of individuals to obey authority. When the inflictor is interviewed as to why he continued to send electric shocks after each incorrect answer even when he was begged to stop, the inflictor implies that it wasn't that serious because it was the subject that made the request. This clip illustrates the conflict between personal conscience and obedience to authority. This clip can be used when teaching about types of methodology and strategies used by researchers in different psychological studies. 

Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 9-12
2 ) Describe research strategies used by psychologists to explore mental processes and behavior.

•  Describing the type of methodology and strategies used by researchers in different psychological studies
Examples: surveys, naturalistic observations, case studies, longitudinal studies, cross-sectional studies

•  Contrasting independent, dependent, and confounding variables and control and experimental groups
•  Identifying systematic procedures necessary for conducting an experiment and improving the validity of results
•  Describing the use of statistics in evaluating research, including calculating the mean, median, and mode from a set of data; conducting a simple correlational analysis using either calculators or computer software; and explaining the meaning of statistical significance
Unpacked Content
Strand: Elective
Course Title: Psychology
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
  • Explain how using the scientific method provides more confidence in understanding behavior and mental processes than other types of knowing (i.e., intuition).
  • Identify the type of methodology used and analyze whether that methodology was appropriate for the research question.
  • Identify the independent variable(s), dependent variable(s), possible confounding variable(s), the selection method for participants, and the ways in which the participants were grouped.
  • Analyze ways in which the study can be improved for greater validity, reliability, and control of extraneous variables.
  • Conduct a research study, using sound methodology and ethical practices.
  • Calculate measures of central tendency and simple correlations.
  • Interpret measures of central tendency and simple correlation coefficients.
  • Explain the concept of statistical significance, interpret the meaning of the p-value, and evaluate its importance to determining the outcomes of research.
  • Evaluate the importance of following ethical practices for working with human and non-human research participants.
Teacher Vocabulary:
intuition hindsight bias
  • overconfidence
  • belief perseverance
  • self-serving bias
  • confirmation bias
  • hypothesis
  • theory
  • naturalistic observation
  • case study
  • survey
  • correlation
  • correlation coefficient
  • direct correlation/positive correlation
  • inverse correlation/negative correlation
  • random sampling
  • random assignment
  • experiment
  • independent variable
  • dependent variable
  • confounding variable
  • double-blind procedure
  • control group
  • experimental group
  • mean
  • median
  • mode
  • normal curve
  • skewed distribution
  • range
  • standard deviation
  • p-value
  • statistical significance
  • ethics
  • informed consent
  • debriefing
  • anonymity
  • confidentiality
Students know:
  • The role of the scientific method in understanding phenomena.
  • The basic steps of the scientific method.
  • How to calculate measures of central tendency.
  • The importance of following ethical guidelines when conducting research.
Students are able to:
  • Cite evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary descriptions of research.
  • Provide an accurate summary of primary and secondary descriptions of research, identifying the essential elements of the particular research being conducted.
  • Analyze primary and secondary descriptions of research to determine whether the research conducted best suited the question posed.
  • Decipher key terms or jargon used by psychologists when writing up research for publication and public consumption.
  • Evaluate whether a researcher's or participant's biases influenced the outcome, description of, or conclusions drawn for the research.
  • Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information to determine if the research conducted was accurate and representative of the population being studied.
  • Cite supporting or contradicting evidence for various research descriptions.
  • Integrate research findings to explain a particular psychological phenomena.
Students understand that:
  • The scientific method plays a role in understanding behavior and mental processes.
  • Different research methods are appropriate for different empirical questions about behavior and mental processes.
  • You can conduct research using different methodologies.
  • Simple statistics can be calculated using data collected from research.
  • Different statistics derived from research can be interpreted.
  • There are important ethical guidelines for working with human and non-human participants in research.
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Author: Ginger Boyd