Unusual Research in Psychology

I need your help with some nominations for the most unusual research in psychology. Zimbardo’s prison experiments or Milgram’s compliance research are both unusual and strange in their own ways, but quite well known. What about all the other good stuff that’s crept in under the radar?

My personal favourite was done by David Rosenhan (left) who faked madness to get into a mental institution. Why? Just to show how little psychiatrists really knew (or even know?).

Nominate any ideas by emailing them to me. It would be good if you could find a link to some description of the research on the web.

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Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and the author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick". You can follow PsyBlog by email, by RSS feed, on Twitter and Google+.

Published: 17 March 2005

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