Philip Zimbardo actually played the role of the warden and looked over the behavior inside the prison. The Stanford experiment was originally supposed to last for 14 days but had to be cut short due to what was occurring inside the mock prison. The guards became abusive and the prisoners began experiencing stress and anxiety. The guards and prisoners were never instructed in how to behave and were left with that freedom. Instead of behaving in a positive manner the guards started to become aggressive and abusive towards prisoners and the prisoners started to become passive
Book Report: The Hot House The Hot House is an honest account of life in Leavenworth Prison, Kansas based on interviews with notorious inmates and numerous other individuals. The book begins with introducing inmates such as Carl Bowles, Dallas Scott and William Post and offers insight information on the cultural aspect inside the prison itself. Once the basics are known to the reader, author Pete Earley, develops the character of the prisoners and thus of the penitentiary as a whole. Earley also discusses some of the important figures and official representatives of Leavenworth, including Warden Matthews, Eddie Geouge and Lieutenant Bill Slack in order to provide a different perspective of the prison. He explores prison dynamics between inmates, and between inmates and guards to discover the forces at work inside the Leavenworth walls.
My thoughts on “STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT” The Stanford Prison Experiment raises troubling questions about the ability of individuals to subsist suppressive or submissive roles, if the social setting requires these roles. Philip Zimbardo, professor of Psychology at Stanford University, began researching how prisoners and guards would assume obedient and authoritarian roles. His primary goal in this experiment was to find out the process when guard and prisoners become controlling and passive. He did this by setting up a mock prison in which all of the prisoners were assigned the same uniforms and cells, and used numbers instead of names. The guards were assigned uniforms and offices, somewhat similar to the prisoners except they were equipped with billy clubs, whistles, handcuffs, and keys, and had freedom.
The treatment of women and men that are inmates to the state’s prison are treated in many different ways. Some officers go by the rules and regulations that their state puts forth and some don’t when it comes to how to treat an inmate. This report will discuss the ethical issues/treatment of prisoners from a personal view (being that I was a correctional officer for two years) and having family members as inmates. A person would believe that every jail within the same state would run their correction facilities in the same way but they actually don’t. Every ethical theory has its own unique way on looking into issues.
Max Gillies Psychology 103 Ms. Andrews 5/1/10 The Stanford Prison Experiment In 1971 one of the most prestigious schools in the country, a well accomplished professor and selected group of local students began one of the most controversial and thought inspiring case studies in history. Setting out to see how people react when they have either authoritarian positions or submissive ones. The thesis being that the prison, in this case the modified Stanford basement, controls the situation rather than the people inside of it. What the experiment reveled was a disturbing glimpse at the human psyche. The experiment quickly took on a very serious tone.
Revisiting the Stanford Prison Experiment: A Lesson in the Power of Situation In Philip Zimbardo’s article “Revisiting the Stanford Prison Experiment” he deals with change during a certain situations. In the article he goes into why he does the experiment and what inspired it. He does this experiment to prove that good people change when in authority. The exigence in the article is the power of anonymity that unleashes violent behavior. Zimbardo notes “In my own work, I wanted to explore the fictional notation from William Golding’s Lord of the Flies about the power of anonymity to unleash violent behavior” (302).
Zimbardo-Stanford Prison Experiment The Stanford Prison Experiment was made because Zimbardo was interested in finding out whether the brutality reported among guards in American prisons was due to the sadistic personalities of the guards or had more to do with the prison environment. Since Zimbardo wanted the experiment to feel real, he had the students, who were assigned as prisoners, to be arrested at their own homes, without any warnings. They were first taken to a real jail where they were fingerprinted, photographed and “booked” before being blindfolded and taken to the “prison” where the experiment would take place. Each prisoner had their personal possessions removed and locked away; they were given prison clothes and were referred to by their number on their uniform. The Stanford Prison Experiment was a mock prison experiment where they had chosen 24 Male Students selected from the 75 who volunteered to join the experiment.
If I was a prisoner, I do not think I would have been able to endure the experiment. I would have done what some of the other prisoners did and quit very early. Personally I would not have gone through with the experiment. If I was to be imprisoned for real for 5 years, I think I would breakdown emotionally, providing the guards were taking advantage of me. 3) After the study, how do you think the prisoners and guards felt when they saw each other in the same civilian clothes again and saw their prison reconverted to a basement laboratory hallway?
A lot of research into institutional aggression has focused on aggressive behaviour in prisons, and has led to the development of two theories: the importation model and the deprivation model. Phychologists have proposed two majour explanations for aggresion between prioners and Prisons. Interpersonal factors (Importation model) and Situational factors (Deprivation Model). The importation model (Irwin and Cressey, 1962) This explanation focuses on the personality characteristics that prison inmates take into the prison with them. For example inmates with values, attitudes, experiences, and social
In reference to this topic, Zimbardo discusses the Stanford Prison Experiment as well as the violent Abu Ghraib prison incident. Zimbardo discusses how rather than looking at the individual as an evil person, evil acts should also be looked at in relation to the situation the person is in. Zimbardo refers to power being in the “system”, the system refers to political, economic, or legal power. The system itself can corrupt an individual, different situations can affect the behavior of an individual. 2.