Stanley Milgram 's Experiment And The Stanford Prison Experiment

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Exactly how much influence does an environment and situation have on one’s behavior? Determined to find answers to this question, Philip Zimbardo, a psychology professor, conducted an experiment with hopes to expand on Stanley Milgram’s discovery that the majority of good people will act outside of their moral compasses if the circumstance, specifically one with an authoritative figure, calls for it. Zimbardo’s infamous Stanford Prison Experiment went like this: Zimbardo and his team set out to hire, specifically, mentally stable and strong male college students for two weeks and gave them a role of either a prison guard or a prisoner. They were then put in a realistic prison environment and the master minds behind the operation observed how every person, not just the students, adapted to their roles in a shocking manner. After several of these behavior-types of experiments, most psychologists have agreed that in authoritatively evil situations, people’s virtues are expected to be influenced. In both Milgram’s experiment and the Stanford Prison Experiment, the experiment conductors, along with most of the subjects, let their situations influence their comportment. But how much behavior alteration has to happen before compromising one’s integrity?
Let me paint a picture: it’s the early 1970’s and minimum wage is a whopping one dollar and sixty cents. A male, broke college student is getting ready for summer break, so a job is well in his interest. He reads on the job section…

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