In-class Experiments #8 : Leadership and Group Collaboration

The following two in-class activities were aimed at two topics that are especially interesting to demonstrate in the classroom – leadership and group collaboration. When it comes to the formation of leadership – how can you force a situation for leadership to emerge? When it comes to groups – how would you design a demonstration [...] [...]

In-class Experiments #7 : Teaching Managerial Ethics

Though I know many instructors shy away from dealing with the issue of ethics in the classroom, I find that topic especially challenging and intriguing. I’ve followed how Dan Ariely discusses some of this psychological science with the wide TED.COM audiences and in his classrooms and have come to especially like the experimental approach – [...] [...]

In-class Experiments #6 : Hindsight, False Consensus & Confirmation Biases

To continue the in-class experiments series, I ran three more inclass experiments in the recent summer course I gave – Hindsight Bias, False Consensus Bias & Confirmation Bias. The three are relatively straightforward and can be combined into a single handout.   Hindsight Bias The “I knew it all along” effect, where people being confronted [...] [...]

In-Class Experiments #5 : Forer Fallacy of Personal Validation

My strongest memory of all that I’ve studied during my MBA was an in-class experiment showing the fallacy of handwriting assessment. Now that I’ve turned a management/psychology instructor and am constantly seeking learning experiences that would stay with students for long, I attempted to run the classic Forer Fallacy of Personal Validation in class. Essentially, [...] [...]

Personality In Class : Discussing Traits through Examples

Examples go a long way to make things clearer for the students. To liven things up in the class room and engage the students, it’s helpful to actually have your students think up examples in class, write those on the board in brainstorming style and then offer an example of your own as a wrap [...] [...]

In-class experiments #4 : Deception & the Asch Conformity Experiment

Bringing real social psychology experiments into the classroom is one of the best ways of teaching psychology, but it’s never easy, especially when you need to apply deception in the classroom. But, I was able to pull it off.   One of the classic social psychology experiments was conducted by Asch (1951) on group conformity. [...] [...]

Teaching Managerial Ethics : Content and In-class Exercises

Teaching ethics is tricky. It’s a highly complex topic and I’ve always debated with myself how to best approach this topic with under-grad students, especially when ethics isn’t a main topic in the course and there’s very limited time. Two of my research projects actually involve looking at unethical behavior and morality as the result [...] [...]

Inclass Experiments #3 : Biases & Irrationality

To start off a class about social psychology or management I believe the best way is to dive right in and demonstrate to the students just how fragile our mind is with some very basic optical illusions and irrationality biases. It’s remarkable how easy these things are to demonstrate in class and the effect on [...] [...]