KEY FEATURES: A student-friendly writing style makes the content more approachable for readers to retain. Personal stories from fellows of the Association of Psychological Science (APS) convey to readers that even the most distinguished experts make mistakes that can be avoided through examination. Critical thinking questions give students the opportunity to reflect on preceding essays. Stories from all areas of psychology appeal to learners beyond subfields of psychology.

Hiring a Woman to Do a Man’s Job: The Perils of Equal Opportunity Employment When Running (Ruining) Social Psychological Experiments

Hiring a Woman to Do a Man’s Job: The Perils of Equal Opportunity Employment When Running (Ruining) Social Psychological Experiments

Julie T. Fitness

There is a well-known phenomenon in medical circles known as “white-coat hypertension.” This term refers to the effects of anxiety experienced by some people (and apparently, cats) when visiting a health professional, including temporarily elevating blood pressure to alarming levels. This means that blood pressure readings taken in clinical contexts may be quite unreliable, depending on the extent of patient stress evoked by the situation. Of course, social psychologists have long been interested in the power of the situation to influence human behavior, with some of the best known illustrations described in Milgram’s studies in the ...

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