A Study On Stanford Prison Experiment Essay

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Stanford Prison Experiment

What prevented "good guards" from objecting or countermanding the orders from tough or bad guards?
The good guards were unable to object or countermand the bad guards because of the fear of what it would do to the guards’ authoritative role in the eyes of the prisoners. If they showed disunity as guards the prisoners could take advantage of the unstructured and create chaos within the walls of the prison. By objecting to the bad guards, they take the risk of the prisoners not taking the guards orders seriously. There is also something called the bystander effect which is a social psychological phenomenon that refers to situations in which individuals do not offer help to a victim when other people are present. Because there were 12 guards the risk of the bystander effect was increased significantly. Because there were so many guards the good guards’ probably felt that someone else would help and they did not want to risk getting the ramifications from the bad guards. I would think the good guards would be going through a moral dilemma or cognitive dissonance because they are acting in conformity to the tougher guards rules, even know it doesn’t comply with their attitude towards the treatment of the prisoners.

After the study, how do you think the prisoners and guards felt when they saw each other in the same civilian clothes again and saw their prison reconverted to a basement laboratory hallway?
I think that the situations that the…

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