Philip Zimbardo

Philip Zimbardo

Philip Zimbardo is one of the most distinguished living psychologists, having served as President of the American Psychological Association, designed and narrated the award winning 26-part PBS series, Discovering Psychology, and has published more than 50 books and 400 professional and popular articles and chapters, including the New York Times Bestseller The Lucifer Effect.

Phil is a professor emeritus at Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from Yale University, and his areas of focus include time perspective, shyness, terrorism, madness, and evil. He is best known for his controversial Stanford Prison Experiment that highlighted the ease with which ordinary people could be swayed by situational forces to commit evil acts.

Phil currently lectures worldwide and is actively working to promote his non-profit, The Heroic Imagination Project. His current research looks at the psychology of heroism, asking what pushes some people to become perpetrators of evil, while others act heroically on behalf of those in need.

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Zimbardo and Langdon discuss the ways in which the average person can prepare for heroism.