An invitation to social psychology: characterizing social psychology. The scientific study of the feelings, thoughts, and behaviours of individuals in social situations (p. 5) Social psychologists are interested in how people make sense of the words, how they make inferences about the motives, etc. In april 2004 (more than 1 year after the start of war in iraq) cbs showed clips of us guards laughing in an. Iraqi prison gathered around prisoners who were forced to be naked with plastic bags over their heads, stacked up in a pyramid. Those prisoners were forced to stimulate sexual acts in some cases. Arab world: "typical america proving their wrongful intentions against the arabic world" Reaction of americans: appalled at the us soldiers" actions, assuming that those soldiers were rotten apples. Researchers flipped a coin to see who would be guard/prisoner. "it"s not that we put bad apples in a good barrel. We put good apples in a bad barrel.