What do you think are the most interesting / surprising / perspective-changing findings in social/cognitive psychology?
October 28, 2010 2:37 PM Subscribe
What do you think are the most interesting / surprising / perspective-changing findings in social/cognitive psychology? I'm preparing a talk for a German hacker conference (27c3), mainly
about cogsci & socpsych.
Bonus points if it's something that has some element of
demonstrating bias / illusion / manipulability, or if it can have a
quick actual demonstration, since I try to make my talks as
audience-interactive as possible.
posted by saizai to Science & Nature (25 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
FWIW, I'm a grad student in social neurosci, so I know a decent amount about it, but I'm sure there are things I'm going to forget about that make for great demos.
PS If you're curious about the conference, see http://events.ccc.de/congress/ or my talk & paper from last year, http://media.ccc.de/browse/congress/2009/26c3-3520-en-conlanging_101.html / http://conlang.org/26c3.pdf
It's "hacker" in the sense we hackers use it (see wikipedia and e.g. http://www.paulgraham.com/gba.html), not as in 'computer criminals'. So the talks and audience backgrounds are very diverse. Feel free to ask if you want to know more.