The Stanford Prison Experiment : An Experiment On The Power Of Roles

768 Words May 10th, 2016 4 Pages
The way we act in our daily lives have to do with the norms and roles we are faced with. We do not act the same way in front of our managers the same way we act with our friends, we take on roles with the different types of people or environment we are in. Roles are the expectations of a person’s behavior based on their social status. When I am with my brother I take on the role of his sister, so when we are at home, I pick on him, start pointless arguments with him just for fun, we mock each other, but when we are out in public I assume the role of responsible older sister sometimes his mom, I do not pick on him, instead I correct him when he is doing something wrong. I am polite and quiet with others, while my brother is rude and speaks his mind. Norms
In 1971, Philip Zimbardo held an experiment on the power of roles. The experiment is known as the Stanford prison experiment, Zimbardo had an ad for participants, informing them of the roles and the pay. The experiment was to last 14 days, and it included two groups, group A was guards and groups B were the prisoners, all volunteers were screened and checked for any mental or physical issues that may interfere with the results of the experiment. The guards were given rules; they were not allowed to physically harm the prisoners, they had to give the prisoners 3 meals a day, also prisoners were allowed 2 hours of “free time” and the maximum time the prisoners were to be in solitary confinement was 15 mins. The guards were…

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