Summary Of The Stanford Prison Experiment

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The Stanford prison experiment studied the results psychologically of the individuals in a prison. It occurred at Stanford University in 1971, led by Philip Zimbardo. It began in the Psychology Department, turning the basement into a prison. Creating three rooms, and one room for solitary confinement. The job was offered to become a guard or prisoner for $15 a day, where they approved to partake in a 7-to 14-day experiment, also having alternates in case of problems. Zimbardo took on the role of prison superintendent, also as the lead psychologist. Looking to see does the situation control your behavior or do you mentally rise above the negative environment. Using social control, “a groups’ formal and informal means of enforcing norms” (Henslin). …show more content…
Scientifically, Zimbardo was asked what is the independent variable of the experiment? Zimbardo furious claims that scientifically they do not understand, there was a riot about to erupt soon. He then tells the guards to reassemble the prison; out of frustration they took it out on the prisoners, escalating dominance, humiliation control, etc.
Prisoner began to shut down, they started to refute against the prison. Especially prisoner 819, because of his refusal his cellmates were put to mindless work, having little support. He wanted to be removed from the experiment, during his interview he heard, “prisoner 819 did a bad thing” repeatedly (2013). Immediately thinking he has to go back, he can’t have the prisoners think that. Zimbardo again didn’t understand, because they weren’t actually prisoners, in an actual prison. He then reverted back to his original request, leaving after gaining a clear understanding that it was an
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The first meet up consisted of John Wayne, and prisoner 416. He harmed 416, 416 was appalled, and it was horrid to look at Wayne. Dissociated from what he had done, prisoners, guards, and staff, contributed to a script. Using that script, you have a responsibility taking that role, causing degradation, but nothing harmful. John said he was cruel because he did a little experiment of his own. He used verbal abuse till they rejected. Presented other guards with a choice, no one questioned authority. Although the other guards hated to see them suffer, they never intervened. Good people will not dominate. Looking at good people in this evil place, who won? The evil place defeated the good

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