MCAT Basics Podcast

Classic Psychology Experiments

In this episode, we delve into classic psychology experiments –relevant to the Psych/Soc section of the MCAT.
We cover a range of significant studies, including Pavlov’s Dog, Harlow’s Monkey Study, Albert’s Bobo Doll Experiment, the Skinner Box Experiment, Asch’s Conformity (Line) Experiment, the Milgram Experiment, Watson’s Little Albert Experiment, Sherif’s Robbers Cave Study, and Seligman’s Learned Helplessness Dog Study. Additionally, we touch on rapid-fire cases like Zimbardo’s Prison Experiment, the Kitty Genovese case, and Phineas Gage’s story. 

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[00:00] Introduction

[02:37] Pavlov’s Dog Experiment

[07:40] Harlow’s Monkey Study

[12:05] Albert’s Bobo Doll Experiment

[15:41] The Skinner Box Experiment
[24:12] Asch Conformity (Line) Experiment
[28:16] The Milgram Experiment
[36:01] Watson’s Little Albert Experiment
[39:10] Sherif’s Robbers Cave Study
[43:17] Seligman’s Learned Helplessness Dog Study
[46:14]  Zimbardo’s Prison Experiment
[48:39]  The Kitty Genovese case
[49:47]  Phineas Gage’s story

Sam Smith

Sam completed his Bachelors of Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. Following his graduation, he worked at the National Institutes of Health Vaccine Research Center studying HIV. Meanwhile, with a microphone in his garage, Sam founded the MCAT Basics podcast. The podcast has grown to become the top rated MCAT podcast on iTunes. In addition to podcasting, Sam enjoys the outdoors, sports, and his friends and family.

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