Scott Plous

Professor of Psychology
Wesleyan University

What He Studies

Prejudice, discrimination, and decision-making—and he has used his research to develop a model of teaching aimed at solving real-world social problems.

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The World's Most Compassionate 24 Hours

Scott Plous’ online course in social psychology is believed to be the world's most popular course, with 260,000 students. And the final challenge for this vast number of students is to spend 24 hours in the most compassionate way possible.
— BBC News


No Gray Area: Beliefs Shape Views of Brown Killing

Strong opinions can often be influenced by "confirmation bias," psychologists say. A large body of research shows that people search for evidence to support their pre-existing viewpoints—and then interpret that information in a way that reinforces their beliefs.
— Associated Press



Department of Psychology
Wesleyan University
207 High Street
Middletown, CT 06459

Phone: 860-685-2368
Fax: 860-685-2761

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