This is why I love experimental psychology

Mar 05 2013 Published by under Psychology

because it strips away all the confident predictions about what you would do if some shit was going down...

22 responses so far

  • miko says:

    The result of every human psych experiment: people mostly suck.

  • drugmonkey says:

    Well...not *every* one. But they do get the most press when people suck. Or are really stupid.

  • TwoYellowsMakeRed says:

    How did they get IRB approval for that?

  • Beaker says:

    If an armed guard had been stationed in that elevator, he could stand his ground and administer righteous justice. The bad guy was wearing black for easy identification, just like in the movies.

    This seems more like a Japanese reality show setup than a psychology experiment.

  • Pascale says:

    Love the woman who started whacking the guy with her flowers. I hope the study reimbursed her for the bouquet...

  • drugmonkey says:

    Is it just me or do old folks come off the best kind of people in this?

  • Bashir says:

    Lol. You know 99% of psych studies are much more boring than this. More like people do task A slightly better than task B, here's a ridiculous conclusion.

  • Acme Rocket says:

    It is very, very fortunate for the participants of this 'experiments' that this was conducted in a building in New York City (hopefully a secure one with metal detectors).

    Where I live, a private citizen can use lethal force to stop a murder in progress, or rape, or any other felony capable of causing serious bodily harm. I know NYC does not ban certain size knives from private possesion. You can bet your ass I would have used mine had I been standing at that elevator door. Had this occurred in an elevator where I live, the assailant would be suffering from acute lead poisoning.

    This is a Darwin award waiting to happen.

  • @miko
    As Ernest Rutherford was said to have said: “The only possible interpretation of any research whatever in the social sciences is: some do, some don't”

  • Alex says:

    Even leaving aside the hot-button issue of guns and whatnot, I could totally see somebody intervening with a blunt object, pocket knife, steel-toed boot, etc., and do significant injury to the study participants before anybody has a chance to reveal the experiment. I know that not everybody intervened, but some did, so there was considerable potential for injury. I'm surprised that this study was allowed.

  • drugmonkey says:

    Ok honestly I don't know if this is experiment or performance art... Or a set piece.

  • becca says:

    Pretty sure it violates ethics rules, even IF IRB approved.

  • DJMH says:

    Dude, it's a fucking ad for a movie.

    I hope they paid you for your shill. Just like Bichons R Us does.

  • drugmonkey says:

    Buzzkill

  • Bichons R Us

    No. MediaMatters did an expose on this: DoucheMonkey is a shill for a Malaysian bichon conglomerate called "The Bichon Barn".

  • Where I live, a private citizen can use lethal force to stop a murder in progress, or rape, or any other felony capable of causing serious bodily harm. I know NYC does not ban certain size knives from private possesion. You can bet your ass I would have used mine had I been standing at that elevator door. Had this occurred in an elevator where I live, the assailant would be suffering from acute lead poisoning.

    Dude, your Walter Mitty armed citizen fantasy stiffie is poking through my computer screen. Settle down.

  • Dave says:

    I love how that dude sprayed 'em both with the fire extinguisher. Looked like the victim was getting it right in the face. Cheers pal!

    Shocking how many people bottle it though.

  • Dave says:

    Dude, your Walter Mitty armed citizen fantasy stiffie is poking through my computer screen. Settle down.

    Hahahahahaha!

  • Spiny Norman says:

    Ta pocketa pocketa queep.

  • drugmonkey says:

    Why is everything "Walter Mitty" to you, PP?

  • theshortearedowl says:

    What if the guy with the fire extinguisher had hit him over the head with it instead? Surely the reactions are going to turn out to be fake too.

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