Program Details

The Most Influential Psychological Experiments in History

Instructor
Michael DeDonno
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Course Description

Psychology is essentially the study of mind and behavior. It includes the study of conscious and unconscious phenomena, including feelings and thoughts. This entertaining presentation will highlight some of the top psychological experiments that have shaped our beliefs, thoughts, and feelings. Studies such as Pavlov's Dog Experiment (which originally had nothing to do with a bell), the Stanford Prison Study, and Milgram's Obedience Study (conceptually based on the atrocities of World War II) will be explored, to name a few. Various psychological theories will also be highlighted, including Viktor Frankl's (author "Man's Search for Meaning"), which helped him survive the Holocaust. Participants will leave with a deeper appreciation of how their own thoughts and actions shape their lives.  Space is limited.

About the Instructor

  • Dr. Michael A. DeDonno received his MA and Ph.D. in psychology from Case Western Reserve University. He also has an MBA in Finance from Baldwin Wallace University. As a cognitive psychologist, Dr. DeDonno has worked with the US military in optimizing soldiers’ cognitive performance. He has worked with behavioral hospitals in exploring thought patterns of individuals with severe mental illness. Dr. DeDonno is an Associate Professor at Florida Atlantic University where he teaches research methodology and statistics. He has a primary appointment in the College of Education and a secondary appointment in the College of Medicine. He is also an Affiliate Faculty member in the College of Nursing, and adjunct faculty in the College of Business. In 2017, Dr. DeDonno was the recipient of the Florida Atlantic University College of Education, Distinguished Teacher of the Year award. In 2019, he was the recipient of the Florida Atlantic University College of Education, Assistant Professor Researcher of the Year award.