There were 22 participants’ chosen for the role of either guards or inmates and 2 other participants were selected for the role of “warden” and “superintendent.” The guards and inmates were randomly assigned and instructed only on what they needed to know. In the case of the guards there was a one day seminar prior to day one of the experiment where they were informed not to use physical force. The prisoners were also instructed against the use of physical force. The day of the experiment the prisoners were arrested in a realistic manner and were assimilated into the standard induction process before lock down, including delousing and removal of personal belongings in an attempt to depersonalize the participants so they might adopt their roles in a more authentic fashion. The prisoners, who originally were only convicted to their “punishment” for the sake of science, had a more difficult time adjusting to the new life style than that of their guard counterparts, with half the prisoner sample dropping within the
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.
That's about the same as the cost of sending a student to Harvard. Because of overcrowding, it is estimated that more than $10,000,000 in construction is needed to create sufficient space for just the current prison population. Most of the daily cost to incarcerate an inmate in a major prison is spent on security and medical services. The remaining 20% or so is spent on feeding, clothing and educating inmates, and some administrative issues. Why should tax payers be forced to pay these amounts to keep nonviolent criminals sitting in prison cells where they become bitter and more likely to repeat their offenses when they are released?
"Suppose you had only kids who were normally healthy, psychologically and physically, and they knew they would be going into a prison-like environment and that some of their civil rights would be sacrificed. Would those good people, put in that bad, evil place—would their goodness triumph?" Zimbardo explained in one interview. The Participants The researchers set up a mock prison in the basement of Standford University's psychology building, and then selected 24 undergraduate students to play the roles of both prisoners and guards. The participants were selected from a larger group of 70 volunteers because they had no criminal background, lacked psychological issues and had no major medical conditions.
08 Fall 08 Fall A Day At A Concentration Camp Anthony Vaccariello Devry A Day At A Concentration Camp Anthony Vaccariello Devry A Day at a Concentration Camp The prisoners have managed to live through the night. Is it a curse or a blessing that they have manage to survive another day in a concentration camp. (Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority., The Holocaust 2011) Prisoners are awoken in a constant hurry, the first thing they need to do is look for their shoes hoping that they were not stolen during the night, because you will be severely beaten or even killed if you cannot work. Their day starts off with constant fear of their own or others lives. Breakfast mostly consists of a barren piece of bread and watered down tasteless coffee that comes with an opportunity for the Kapo to harass you, beat you or even kill you if you drop food or try to take extra.
Zimbardo and his piece “The Standford Prison Experiment” and Burger who wrote, “Replicating Milgram: Would people still obey today?” are both famous for conducting experiments that tested obedience and authority. Although these experiments are very similar in ways there is also a big difference between them. When Zimbardo conducted his experiment he studied behavioral roles of prisoners and guards in prison. Specifically his main intention was to study the life of prisoners and guards in prison. The experiment was designed like this: Zimbardo offered fifteen dollars a day and only recruited twenty-one college students to take place in the procedure.
Social Psychology Assessment Section A 1) Describe how the sample was recruited in Reicher and Haslam’s prison study The sample was obtained from an advert for male volunteers in the national press and leaflets. The advert included the warning that there would be hunger and hardship. A Full weekend assessment was carried about by independent clinical psychologists which included psychometric tests that measured social and clinical variables such as depression and dominance. Medical and character references were obtained and police checks were conducted. 2a) Describe one way the researchers tried to ensure ethical guidelines were upheld One way in which the researchers tried to ensure ethical guidelines were upheld was by having two independent clinical psychologists monitoring the study throughout and had the right to see any participant or demand a participant be removed from the study at any time.
We all know anger and hate makes us make unmoral decisions, but in 1963, an experiment was conducted on obedience to authority. This experiment made participants go against what many people thought was moral and they were in their total normal state of mind. This experiment was conducted by Stanley Milgram, who received a Ph.D. in social psychology from Harvard. The aim of the experiment was to figure out how far normal people would go to obey people with authority, even if it involves painfully torturing someone. In this experiment, participants were paid $4.50 to show up at a lab at Yale University and participate in what they thought was an experiment on “learning”.
Recidivism - Its Causes and Cure by John Dewar Gleissner For many decades, the U.S. recidivism rate - the rate at which released prisoners return to prison or get convicted again - has hovered around two-thirds or 70%. In other words, our correctional methods don't rehabilitate very well. A wise prison warden in 1912 set forth the requirements of a good prison system, but our society has not listened to his advice. Instead, prisoners get worse over time by learning sick prison values, the process of "prisonization." The gang culture thrives in prison, sometimes recruiting new members there or simply continuing previous gang membership.
He collected predictions about the outcome of the experiments from a diverse group of people and most predicted that the subjects would not be obedient, but they were wrong. In his first experiment, 60 percent of the Yale undergraduates tested were fully obedient. When his findings were challenged because of the nature of his subjects, he repeated the experiment with people from all over the world, and different walks of life, but the findings were the same if not worse! In one case a scientist found 85 percent of his subjects