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  • Educator Eleanor Nelsen
  • Director Eoin Duffy
  • Animator Tyler Morgan, Super Dasil, Mahesh, Hovsepyan Karen, Cooper Custom
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  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
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Additional Resources for you to Explore
For Phillippa Foot’s original version of the trolley problem, in which the main character is driving the runaway trolley rather than standing beside the tracks, see this 1967 paper.

This interactive lets you decide how you would respond to the classic problem and three variants, and compares your answers to those of participants in a Harvard study.

For a discussion of whether or not the trolley problem is still relevant, take a look at this article: Is One of the Most Popular Psychology Experiments Worthless?

For a discussion of how the trolley problem has been used to racial bias, political affiliation, and how they intersect, this article is a place to start.

More on the history of the trolley problem, and its application to driverless cars can be found in this article: Would You Pull the Trolley Switch? Does it Matter?
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