The University Prison Stimulation Experiment Essay

781 Words Nov 8th, 2016 4 Pages
As a college student I know the struggle of earning money, let’s pretend it is 1971, the year the Stanford Prison Stimulation Experiment happened. If I saw an ad in the newspaper for $15 an hour, which was considered a decent amount of cash back then just for a psychology experiment I would have done it without a question. Although the volunteers had no idea what they were getting themselves into. Psychologists brought the life of a prison to life. The experiment was planned for a two-week investigation into the psychology of prison life and had to be ended after only six days because of what the situation was doing to the college students who participated. In only a few days, the guards became sadistic and the prisoners became depressed and showed signs of extreme stress. My thoughts on this study was distressing. The guards showed many signs of aggressive behavior, they definitely caused physical and emotional harm to the prisoners. If I was apart of this experiment I would have followed the rules, and always keep in mind this was an experiment not real life.

The thoughts that I had about this study was inhumane. Psychologists wanted to know the effects of what prison had on healthy well-minded humans. There were more than 70 applicants and only 24 was elected after given diagnostic interviews and personality tests to eliminate volunteers with psychological problems, medical disabilities, or a history of crime or drug abuse. By a flip of a coin the students were chosen…

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