Controversies in Psychology (Routledge Modular Psychology) by Phil Banyard

By Phil Banyard

An advent to the parts which were studied in psychology that experience excited controversy, together with ads, psychometric trying out, propoganda and conflict.

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Many soldiers remained in the camps for years until the end of the war, and many others did not survive the experience. The general conclusions of this and many other studies are that reactions to captivity are affected by two main factors: the physical hardships of the confinement, and the unpredictable and cruel behaviour of the guards. , 1973) on the psychological effects of captivity. In this study a number of young, healthy males were kept in a mock prison in the basement of the Stanford University psychology department.

Bear in mind that over fifty years have passed since the end of this war. Some had coped with the experience by avoiding any reminders. For example one of the veterans said: I never told anybody anything, the wife and daughter knew nothing about being a POW. (Hunt 1 997, p. 359) The condition of post-traumatic stress is not confined to combatants. Waugh ( 1 997) looked at the impact of the Second World War on women civilians. Many of these experienced war at first hand, especially if they lived in the major cities that experienced heavy bombing.

Two examples of the work will give a flavour of it: the sleeper effect, and the selective attention we apply to political messages. The sleeper effect was first described by Hovland eta!. ( 1 949), who noticed that the source of the message had a big effect on how it was received. If the source of the message was respected then the message had a much greater initial impact than if the source was not respected. For example, a message from a 35 C O NTROV E R S I E S I N PSYCHOLOGY respected politician will have a bigger effect than a message from a dru nk man in a public bar.

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