Stanford Prison Experiment Assignment

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Zimbardo Assignment
The Stanford Prison Experiment was a psychological study of human replication to captivity, in cognation to the authentic circumstances of prison life. It was conducted in August 1971 by Phillip Zimbardo, a psychologist at Stanford University. Subjects were desultorily assigned, by the flip of a coin, to play the role as prisoner or the role as a prison sentinel. Those assigned to play the role as the sentinel were given night sticks, a whistle, and mirrored sunglasses to promote dauntingness. Those assigned to play the prisoner role were authentically apprehended by the local police department, deloused, and coerced to wear prison garments. They were then conveyed to a simulated jail environment in the basement of the
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Researchers of the experiment must eliminate the potential risks to maintain physical and psychological well-being to the subjects, though the anxiety and stress many participants felt when participating was ethically wrong and justified as a violation. For example, prisoner #8612 began to suffer from acute emotional disturbances, disorganized thinking, crying and even rage. Though many prison authorities at the time thought it was an attempt to “con” them into releasing him. Prisoner #8612 then began to act crazy, screaming, cursing, and raging which seemed out of control. Taking quite a while before the researchers to be convinced that he was actually suffering from the study. Another victim that suffered from psychological effects was prisoner #416. He was debriefed two months after the study and would go on to state this; “I began to feel that that identity, the person that I was that had decided to go to prison was distant from me”. Providing another example of the psychological harm brought upon these individuals, despite having the knowingness that it was indeed an experiment began to shift the inmate’s conscious, that it may be in fact reality. In today’s society, an experiment like the Stanford Prison Experiment could not be replicated today by researchers because it fails to meet the standards established by numerous ethical codes. A paramount edification learned from this experiment is how isolation from the outside world can impact the psychological state of an individual. Research should be conducted in a non-controlled fashion and should not manipulate end results. In order for an experiment to culminate unknowingly it has to perpetuate in a non-controlled manner that cannot be

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