‘Stanford Open Office Hours’ on Facebook

Think back to the office hours you attend­ed in col­lege. Now put a Web 2.0 slant on it. On Face­book, Stan­ford fac­ul­ty mem­bers are now hold­ing pub­lic office hours. This week, you can watch an intro­duc­to­ry video (view here or below) by Philip Zim­bar­do, the psy­chol­o­gy pro­fes­sor best known for the Stan­ford Prison Exper­i­ment, which explains why good peo­ple can com­mit unthink­able acts. His more recent research does a 180 and looks at how ordi­nary peo­ple com­mit hero­ic acts. And, sep­a­rate­ly, he’s try­ing to under­stand how our atti­tudes toward time affect our over­all hap­pi­ness (more on that here). Once you watch the ini­tial video, you can pose ques­tions to Prof Zim­bar­do in the com­ment thread beneath the clip. (You can do this through Tues­day after­noon). In the com­ing days, Prof. Zim­bar­do will respond to your ques­tions in a fol­low-up video.

To par­tic­i­pate, you will need to join Face­book and become a “fan” of Stan­ford’s Face­book page, And you’ll per­haps want to read over the ground rules for the Open Office Hours. Last­ly, if you’re not a Fan of Open Cul­ture’s Face­book Page, it’s time to get on board.

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