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 Phil Zimbardo's Heroic Imagination Project
Posted by: Daniel E Martin
Title/Position: Associate Professor
School/Organization: CSU, East Bay/Charter for Compassion
Sent to listserv of: SESP, SPSSI
Date posted: February 11th, 2018

Social Psychology Friends and Colleagues,

Hoping this finds you well! We have been working with Dr. Phil Zimbardo on an online application of his Heroic Imagination Project (almost a greatest hits of social psychology — perfect for general or relevant topic courses) that uses social capital to facilitate instruction. The course has been used as both homework and as a professor-less course.

Here is a summary of the effort:

Psychometric data collection is part of the engaging class which uses peer-to-peer, structured experiential and psycho-educational approaches to drive engagement in participants. See the article for outcomes (spoiler alert: significantly lower levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and surprisingly, SDO; higher levels of courage). The data can be used for your own research and accreditation, among others. 94% of 1000's of participants would recommend the package to friends. When did you ever recommend homework to a friend?

I would be happy to share more with you — please do drop me a line!

Have a great weekend!

Daniel E. Martin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Management
CSU East Bay

Collaborating Scientist
Center for Compassion, Altruism Research and Education
Stanford University

Director of Research
Charter for Compassion
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