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.