An Outline Of The Stanford Prison Experiment Essay

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Source A
McLeod, Saul. Stanford Prison experiment. SimplyPsychology, 2008. Web. 12 Feb. 2016.

This piece is an outline of the Stanford Prison Experiment. To start the collection of resources, I decided to choose one that would most benefit someone unfamiliar with the Stanford Prison Experiment. It covers the general idea and procedure of the social experiment. I wanted my first source to be completely objective and to give anyone unfamiliar with the experiment an overview. This article would benefit a student writing a synthesis because it provides objective, straightforward facts. Either side of the argument benefits from this piece. Along with the short piece I included a scan of the original newspaper ad seeking voulenteers of the experiment. It could be used for reference or to support an argument on selection bias.

Source B
Haney, Craig, and Curtis Banks. The Stanford Prison Experiment. 14 Jan. 2013. Web. 1 Mar. 2016.

This article chronicles the horrible aspects of the experiment. It highlighted denial of basic human rights like mattresses and toilets. The negative psychological effects on the subjects are evident as is the dynamic of the experiment. The article showed how the experimenters became as absorbed in the experiment as the subjects and interfered with the experiment. It also showed the illegal practices that took place in the experiment. Prisoners were denied “parole” despite being told at the start of the experiment that they may opt out at…

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