Similarities Between Milgram's And Zimbardo Experiment

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There have been some social psychology experiments that have taken place in the past that have definitely been cruel since that have gone too far. Stanley Milgram’s and Phillip Zimbardo’s experiments are two perfect examples. Costuming in Milgram’s and Zimbardo’s texts works together to define the participants’ roles and actually dictate their behaviors. The participants in Milgram’s and Zimbardo’s experiments were assigned specific roles with specific costumes. Stanley Milgram, a psychologist at Yale University conducted an experiment to study the conflict between obedience and authority on each of the participants’ roles. The aim of this experiment was too see how far people, in this case the teachers would go in obeying a demand even if …show more content…
Zimbardo and his team members “wanted to see the psychological effects were of becoming a prisoner or prison guard” (Zimbardo ¶4). They tested this by stimulating a prison and observed the effects of all the people in the prison. The prisoners wore a dress uniform with no underclothes. They were also told to cover their hair with a stocking cap that is especially for the use of woman and the use of rubber sandals. Real prisoners in real prisons are definitely treated bad, humiliated and feel emasculated. And since Zimbardo was stimulating a prison, he made them feel emasculated by what they were wearing. The power the clothes the prisoners wore during this experiment had an extremely effect since it made them disempower through emasculation causing vulnerability. Their behavior changed by acting and walking like women do. Staying in that prison made them feel totally different men when they entered and white they were in prison because of their prison ID number that made them feel like they were just a …show more content…
Guards were all dressed with the same uniforms of khaki and carrying a whistle around their neck and a billy club borrowed from the police. According to the free dictionary online, blowing a whistle means “To expose a wrongdoing in the hope of bringing it to a halt”, in other words represent authority over the prisoners that showed more power. Guards also wore mirror sunglasses that prevented anyone from seeing their eyes or reading their emotions. Guards want to been seen as human beings that do not care about the prisoners and are just doing their job by treating them badly. Their behavior changed completely when they understood that they had control, some even over used their power on the prisoners. And Zimbardo concluded that “the only link between personality and prison behavior was a finding that prisoners with a high degree of authoritarianism endured our authoritarian prison environment longer than did other prisoners” (¶46). In conclusion both of these experiments were definitely an eye opener for what a person wears because it showed the importance of costuming in everyday life. It showed the readers how easy it is to adapt to a new role just on what the person is wearing. I might not agree on how these psychologists decided to point their thesis but I do agree that costuming shows the difference between authority and the person who obeys the

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