Essay on The Stanford Prison Experiment : Unethical Conduct

851 Words Mar 23rd, 2016 4 Pages
There are many experiments and studies that researchers do to find out how most individuals, groups, cultures, etc. think and act. Like what is considered to be moral or immoral and how society can be better as a whole. Some experiments are more well-known than others and will forever be discussed even if they took place decades ago. Along with the Tuskegee Syphilis experiment and the Milgram experiment the Stanford Prison Experiment displayed unethical conduct that would not take place in today’s society and displayed the conforming of roles.
First taking place in the 1970’s, the film “The Stanford Prison Experiment” involved a psychologist by the name of Philip Zimbardo who conducted the study. He went on to gather twenty four “healthy” college males who attended Stanford University to participate in being either prisoners or guards. The groups were separated in half and what was supposed to take place for two weeks lasted only six days. The first days went alright and some of the “prisoners” even took part in getting arrested from their home to make it seem realistic. The men were adjusting to their roles and believed the experiment would be easy and they would quickly get their money which was fifteen dollars a day. However by the second day the roles were established and the prisoner locked themselves in their cells to get away from the guards who treated them terribly. As their punishment for disobeying orders they would either be locked in the hole, which was a tiny…

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