Social Behavior In A Prison Environment

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The main topic of this article is about a study of social behavior in a prison environment. In this study Dr. Zimbardo has fabricated the setting of a prison. The cells of this prison and the environment were very detail as possible as a real prison. This study was organized to provide an explanation why the condition of our penal system is so deplorable and has such negative effects in the behavior of the inmates and guards. Therefore, I believe the purpose of the Stanford Prison experiment is to grasp why guards and prisoners have a negative effect between each other. Also to understand the cause and effect on how people can behave and transform themselves in a completely different person by playing a specific role in the simulated prison, …show more content…
For instance, one of the strengths was that this experiment was carried out as true to life as possible. The prisoners were kept in small cells with no communication from the outside; they have some breaks during the day, some task that they needed to complete. In the same way the guards had their tasks and a complete control over the inmates. Another strength that this study had was the success of the experiment. It provided with some substantial data of the behavior of people kept in captivity in a short amount of time (6 days). Furthermore, the only limitations that this study had was that the inmates were deceive in the way the experiment started (real arrest from their home) and it did not last the full 14 days and was cut short to only 6 days. Also, I think the setting was adequate for the experiment. For this reason, the tips I would have given to the researcher are: provide a questioner on personality and have more diversity in gender and ethnicity such us adding African Americans, Asian, Hispanics, and whites to see how each group would react to the simulation of a …show more content…
Zimbardo and his team got some answers that maybe in the past we did not know or had. For instance, now we can explain a little about whether if you are a criminal or not if place in a confine environment you would conform to your new social role and quickly adapt to it. Or if you are given authority you have power to determine who and how this prison will run whether your decision can help or harm more someone else. On the other hand, I think, we as people that have never had trouble with the criminal justice system and we don’t know much about how it works and have the tendency to stereotype the conduct of a criminal in prison. Just because he/she is a criminal we are certain that they will continue wrong-doing. However, I am 100% clear that a prison is not to reform or make better a criminal. Therefore, I think this study was valuable and informative. It was valuable because I understand a bit better some variable that maybe causing the aggressiveness in the inmate and guard. Thus, is informative because it provides useful and interesting information for futures studies about the same or similar

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