A Study On Stanford Prison Experiment Essay

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Stanford Prison Experiment Power is a sign that people use to show their authority over everyone else. This can be shown by a police officer, correctional officer, security guard or anyone that possess a badge on their chest. What happens though when you give power and authority to college students to establish an experiment? The Stanford Prison Experiment was able to show the world exactly how far one’s power can overcome and take over their body.
It started when someone posted an ad for male college students needed for an experiment at fifteen dollars a day. “More than 70 people volunteered to take part in the study, to be conducted in a fake prison housed inside Jordan Hall, on Stanford’s Main Quad.” (Ratnesar). Out of the 70 plus people that volunteered, only twenty-four were selected to participate. Twelve were assigned as guards and the other twelve were prisoners. The experiment was planned to be seven to fourteen days long and was conducted by the psychology professor at Stanford, Philip Zimbardo. The experiment had to end early because some of the guards began to show aggressive and abusive behavior towards the prisoners and five of the prisoners began to suffer from negative emotions, crying and anxiety. The prison guards were equipped with wooden batons and were dressed the same way that prison guards were. The prisoner wore uniforms that had their numbers sewn onto them and had a chain on around one ankle. This made the experiment just like real life and made…

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