Human Behavior During World War II Essay

739 Words Oct 3rd, 2016 3 Pages
Professor Philip Zimbardo constructed The Stanford Prison Experiment to observe how prison guards would react to being given power over prisoners, the outcome was appalling. The experience became so realistic for the students volunteering that they went through temporary emotional trauma. The Stanford Prison Experiment has played a huge role in the psychology of human behavior for the purpose of understanding human behavior when they are given too much power, very specific people were chosen to partake in this experiment. The purpose of this prison experiment was to see what people are capable under given power and how it can take toll on prisoners and guards. The United States Office of Naval Research funded it because they were also interested in the effect it can have. Zimbardo was inspired to do this experiment because of the Milgram Project, which was also a psychological experiment observing human behavior after World War II; they wanted to test if people were truly evil, or if they were just following orders.
Philip Zimbardo got the volunteers by placing an ad in the newspapers for college students from Stanford University that would be willing to do a simulation of a prison environment. It stated that they would be paid $15 a day and would last for two weeks. About 70 students applied for it, but only 24 were chosen. They had to be middle-class men with no physical or psychological problems and no history of drug use. They were assigned either a prisoner or guard…

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