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 As a recent college graduate I've been searching for ways to continue learning about psychology. I've found a website which has a list of video lectures and podcasts that have been uploaded to various university websites. The lecturers I've watched/listened to so far have been very good and engaging. The only problem is that sometimes there are segments where students ask questions and you are unable to hear them because they are not on the mic. There are sometimes announcements about administrative topics and exams but they are very easy to skip over.

One of the courses I recommend on this list is Impulse Control Disorders which I found to be a very interesting subject and delivered by a very good lecturer.

Social Experiment - Twitch Plays Pokemon

psychpost | 2/18/2014 05:00:00 PM | 0 Comments
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What happens when you get several thousand of players all trying to control one game of Pokemon? You end up with a constant struggle between players who are aiming to progress in the game and players who are trying to halt progress. This struggle represents itself by creating very unorganized movements, leaving the playable character often stuck in one location, and poor choices while in battle. Several hours of progress can be lost due to the resulting randomness of choices.

The overall feelings of helplessness, frustration, grief, and occasional happiness are not without consequences. These emotions have given rise to a whole new pantheon of gods and religions.A system of good and evil has been created, each with their own martyrs, prophets, saviors, gods, and myths.

There have been questions whether a system of anarchy or democracy is best for choosing inputs. One thing is clear; when frustration rises, the want for organized democratic input rises as well. As I am writing this (6d 0h 23m) the stream has recently lost to a boss and it seems democracy will begin again.

So far this has been a very insightful view in human interactions and will probably produce more interesting results in the upcoming days.