A Social Psychologist By Zimbardo Essay

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In 1971, a social psychologist by the name of Phillip Zimbardo conducted the Stanford Prison Study. Zimbardo researched the Abu Ghraib Prison problem took place in Iraq in 2003 and was made aware to the United States citizens in 2004. In fact, “the driving force behind this book was the need to better understand the how and why of the physical and psychological abuses perpetrated on the prisoners by American Military at the Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq.” (Zimbardo 2007, p. 18) Zimbardo expressed that he believes we’re all capable of evil and uses several examples to back up his situational theory. He attempts to explain why people make the choice to partake in “evil” acts by using examples such as the rapes in Rwanda and China. The approach used by Zimbardo SUGGESTS that the situation is the blame of actions, not the individual himself. An example of this is the Milgram experiment. In Zimbardo’s book, he speaks about his experiment and findings and explains the situational approach. In this paper, I will discuss my personal OPINIONS on Zimbardo’s experiments and the situational approach. I will also tie this book back to the topic of ethical issues.
In 1971, Zimbardo conducted an experiment at Stanford University know as the Stanford Prison Experiment. He created this experiment in the attempt to see how “normal, healthy, intelligent college students,” are put in bad situations. (Zimbardo 2007, p.20) He selected male students from Stanford University to volunteer as prisoners…

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