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Excerpts from "The Perils of Obedience"
Stanley Milgram summarizes and discusses the experiments he conducted in 1963 regarding human obedience.
Rethinking One of Psychology's Most Infamous Experiments
Cari Romm reexamines Milgram’s shocking experiments regarding human obedience.
The Cost of Prison in Dollars and Lives
Michael P. Jacobson
Michael P. Jacobson discusses the punishment and rehabilitation of juvenile offenders.
Life of a North Korean
Fyodor Tertitskiy describes the life of North Koreans from birth to legal adulthood.
Judge sentences youth offenders to chess, with promising results
Monique Sedgwick, Jeffrey MacCormack, and Lance Grigg
Researchers discuss the potential benefits of youth offenders participating in a chess program.
“Help Him Up!”: A Witness’s Account of Panic on a Subway Platform
A reporter describes witnesses’ reactions to a man falling onto New York City subway tracks.
I Got Myself Arrested So I Could Look Inside the Justice System
Bobby Constantino got himself arrested to see how the justice system operated from the inside.
Jackie Kennedy Onassis: An Icon for the Ages
Shelby Ostergaard discusses Jackie Kennedy Onassis, the former First Lady of the United States.
Carl Stoffers discusses how the justice system handles juvenile offenders.
Milgram experiment on obedience
In 1963 Stanley Milgram conducted an experiment to test human obedience in response to authority figures.
The American Criminal Justice System
Rachel Slivnick discusses the state of America’s criminal justice system.
The Bill of Rights in a Changing America
The Bill of Rights continues to be a guiding document for the Supreme Court’s decisions, despite its old age.
Altruism: Why We Risk Our Own Well-Being to Help Others
Kendra Cherry discusses psychologists’ theories about why people act in unselfish ways.
Electric scooters on collision course with pedestrians and lawmakers
Jim Sallis discusses some of the dangers presented by a new mode of transportation.
Langston Hughes' hidden influence on MLK
Jason Miller discusses the influence that poet Langston Hughes had on Martin Luther King Jr.
Why it matters that teens are reading less
Jean Twenge discusses how teenagers today are spending less time reading.
Does the Justice System Neglect Forgiveness?
Oriel FeldmanHall and Peter Sokol-Hessner
Oriel FeldmanHall and Peter Sokol-Hessner discuss alternatives to punishing criminals.
Experts Link Teen Brains' Immaturity, Juvenile Crime
Malcolm Ritter discusses the development of the teenage brain and juvenile crime.
Does Altruism Actually Exist?
Alice G. Walton
Alice G. Walton discusses a study that explores the link between selflessness and fairness in babies.