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, [...] [...]

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 [...] [...]