Zimbardo 's Stanford Prison Study And Milgrams Obedience Study

1390 Words Jan 26th, 2016 6 Pages
In recent history, Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Study and Milgrams Obedience Study are two of the most influential human subject psychological experiments. Many experimental standards today were put in place because of the surprising and inadvertent results. Both of these studies received strong reactions from the media and critics. Many questioned whether the experiments were taken to far and some even believe the studies were unethical.
Many question if whether Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Study is considered an experiment. To be considered an experiment, the study must follow a strict process of scientific research. It must include an independent variable, dependent variable, random assignment and a definite hypothesis (Weiten, 2013, p. 65). “An independent variable is a condition or event that an experiment varies in order to see its impact on another variable” (Weiten, 2013, p. 46). The Stanford Prison Study does incorporate an independent variable, which was the random selection of the prison roles of either a guard or prisoner by flipping a coin (Weiten, 2013). “A dependent variable is the variable that is affected by the manipulation of the independent variable” (Weiten, 2013, p. 46). Zimbardo’s study does incorporate a dependent variable, which was the effect on their social behavior given the positional power of being a guard or no power as the prisoner (Hock, 2012). “A Hypothesis is a tentative statement about the relationship between two or more variable” (Weiten,…

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