There have been many psychological studies conducted at institutions but none as famous as the Stanford Prison Experiment led by Dr. Philip Zimbardo and his associates (Movahedi, 153). An advertisement was put out seeking volunteers to participate in a mock prison for 1-2 weeks with each volunteer earning $15/day. There were over 70 applicants and each applicant went through a diagnostic interview and psychological test to evaluate their candidacy. The artifact that I have chosen to write this report is on the movie adaptation of this experiment that made its debut on July 17, 2015. This film has used real comments made during the experiment and was made to portray the experiment as accurately as possible. I will be examining the relationship between group members’ conformity behavior in an experimental situation and how resistance plays a role on the sense of social identity. This experiment has played a key role in theorizing conformity but I would like to go one step further and examine group members’ resistance to conform to group norms.
On August 14, 1970 a total of 24 middle-class male students from the United States and Canada were chosen and divided into two separate groups by a flip of the coin. One question in particular that was asked of the candidates in the movie was, “To be selected, would you rather be a guard or a prisoner?”
One of the chosen volunteers answered with, “Prisoner”.
“Nobody likes guards.”
There is a preconceived notion of what…