Standford Prison Experiment

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If somebody where to ask you to hurt somebody, or even kill him or her, would you? Majority of the population would respond with adamant “no.” Mean people hurt others and that is not something that most of us truthfully would believe they were at all capable of. The Stanford prison experiment, however, proved the opposite, about the human mind and human nature. The experiment was intended to see how people act and respond when in particular roles, social roles to be more precise. Another desire was to learn how social environments influences those roles. Yet, So much more came from this experiment. What happened when this experiment began shocked all and appalled even more. In an attempt to show understanding of the main components learned in this class, through the Stanford prison experiment and understanding and knowledge of “The Phycology of Social Power” The experiment started of when, in 1971, physiologist Philip Zimbardo and his colleagues attempted to create an experiment that examined the impact of of both being a “prisoner “or a “guard”. Zimbardo set up a fake prison in the basement of Stanford University’s psychology building, and along with 24 undergraduate students, who were chosen out of a larger group of 7o for their lack of criminal background, psychological issues, and no serious medical conditions agreed to a 1-2 week period experiment in exchange for $15.00 a day. (Insert bibliography) Randomly either assigned the guard or prisoner group, the experiment began. Prisoners were to stay in the prison 24 hrs. a day, while the guards were allowed to go home at night, when there shift was complete. A 14-day study quickly ended after just six days due to what was happening within the walls of this “prison.” Neither group had very thorough directions or instructions as that would more than likely ruin the purpose of the experiment, which was to see how
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