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1. Stanford Prison Study (official website)
If you want to get the most accurate information about the famous prison study conducted by Philip Zimbardo, then you should go to the site run by Zimbardo himself. The site "features an extensive slide show and information about this classic psychology experiment. What happens when you put good people in an evil place? Does humanity win over evil, or does evil triumph? These are some of the questions we posed in this dramatic simulation of prison life conducted in the summer of 1971 at Stanford University."

2. Influence at Work
You will not find many sites written by more credible sources than this one. Robert Cialdini, one of the most well known Social Psychologists, developed the site along with his colleague, Kelton Rhoads to create a wonderfully interesting and useful site. The PsychGuy is trained as a Social Psychologist and he loves this site. What does he like so much about it? "My favorite parts of the site come right from the Introduction to Social Influence Page; the Cult Influence Tactics is fascinating, and The Frame is a well written overview of this Social Psychological Construct. Although there are other great areas in this site, I really do like the cult area the best, as it is amazing to examine the type of influence that must be utilized to create and maintain that type of devotion. When Heaven's Gate occurred a couple of years ago, it was painful to hear all of my colleagues (other graduate students at the time) speak about how all the Heaven's Gate members were 'crazy', 'lunatics', and how they themselves could 'never be talked into doing such stupid things as joining a cult'. I tried to explain the overwhelming power of social influence, but they refused to listen or accept this explanation. But Cialdini's site does a great job of introducing and demonstrating the strength of social forces and how you don't have to be 'crazy' to me influenced by others and your environment. He makes mind-boggling and horrific events more understandable. It's so interesting...." We needed to stop him or he would have gone on forever. The site has even more to offer than this, but we think you get the gist. Go visit...Now!

3. Social Psychology Network
This site is a megasite similar PsychWeb, but we think it's a better site. The reasons we like this megasite better than PsychWeb (although we do like PsychWeb) is that the Social Psychology Network is simply less overwhelming. But let's be honest, megasites in general are just too darn big and difficult to use. When you want to find a good site about, for example, theories of childhood development, you want to get the information fast and easily. You want a list of maybe a couple of really good places to go, not every single site on the web that mentions childhood development. Well, that is what medalists give you. Even the good ones like PsychWeb and the Social Psychology Network are overflowing with link after link. But, once again, if you want a good megasite, this is a good one. In addition to providing gigantic lists of sites related Social Psychology, the Social Psychology Network has lists of General Psychology information and sites all over the web. One very nice feature of this site is that there is a site-wide search engine. If you know exactly what you are looking for, you will be able to locate it easily. This is a real plus!

4. Don Forsyth's Group Dynamics Site
This site is very much worth a visit for these reasons: 1) the readings provided on the "Readings' list are very interesting and thorough; they cover a range of topics and are not just fluff. The readings are solid articles and books about some of the most relevant aspects of group dynamics; 2) Dr. Forsyth has provided links to some of the best online activities about group dynamics you will find on the web. For example, you can experience both the Prisoner's Dilemma Game, find out your leadership style, and complete The Myers Briggs right from the direct links he provides; and 3) Dr. Forsyth has included a complete list of group activities as well as a direct link to his Group Dynamics Course that has some of the best online notes you could ask for. Please take some time to visit this site.

5. Implicit Association Test
Presented by the University of Washington and Yale University, " This web site presents a new method that demonstrates public-private and conscious-unconscious divergences much more convincingly than has been possible with previous methods. It also displays the method in a do-it-yourself demonstration form. This new method is called the Implicit Association Test, or IAT for short." With that said, the tests (there are several different types) take about 5 minutes each and provide insight into your personal/private attitudes toward topics such as gender (do you believe women should be in the home and not in the work force?), names (do you think you implicitly know the difference between African American names and Caucasian names?) and more. The tests are interesting, and you do get some immediate feedback. We would like to see some more thorough descriptions of the concepts, but we like the site overall, so here it is.

6. "Friends" Raping Friends - Could It Happen to You?
Despite being a single, gigantic, page, there is so much important information on this page that we felt it had to be included; especially since acquaintance rape is so pervasive and misunderstood. The page was written by Jean Hughes and Bernice Sandler from the Association of American Colleges, you will be able to get general information about acquaintance rape like how it often occurs, causes, and how to avoid it. You will also get more specific information like the legal implications, steps to take if you or someone you know is/was raped, and some very good myth-crushing in a section called "Real Men Don't Rape". From a Social Psychological standpoint there are many reasons why we included this page. For example, violence and aggression is one of the key concepts studied by Social Psychologists; and the Causes of Date Rape section is presented from a Social Psychological viewpoint (as are other sections). If you can deal with this being one huge, ugly page, you will have a great resource about date/acquaintance rape.

7. Would You Stop To Help Him?
Ok, this is another one pager, but this one is a complete lecture about the Bystander Effect, which is really interesting, and some other important concepts related to helping such as Diffusion of Responsibility, and the Fundamental Attribution Error. The explanations are clear and easy to follow. If you think that "good" people do "good" things and "bad" people do "bad" things, then you need to think again (and start reading more Social Psychology). As the authors of the site explain in the very first paragraph, whether a person stops to help another person depends less on their personality and more on the situation. Amen!

8. News From a Social Psychology Perspective
This site is from a Social Psychology undergraduate course at the University of Miami. Although there are lots of other pages within this site that have great information, we are providing this one are because it contains articles about "real world" happenings and events that are beautiful examples of Social Psychological theories. Some of the links are internal and some are external - either way the stories are interesting One of the nicest aspects of this site is that the articles presented within the site have additional internal links for definitions of major topics and terms. So, even though you may start out on this one page and reading one article, you can end up traveling all around this useful site.

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