Effects Of The Stanford Prison Experiment By Philip Zimbardo

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The Stanford Prison Experiment was done by Phillip Zimbardo in 1971. Zimbardo’s ultimate goal was to was to investigate how fast people would conform to their roles as prison guards and prisoners. What inspired him to conduct this experiment was his interest in finding out if the brutality reported in American prisons by the prison guards was because of the guard’s behavior or the prison environment itself. Zimbardo converted a basement of the Stanford University psychology building in Stanford, California into a mock prison. Twenty-one male college students were screened for psychological normality. These students were randomly given a role of either prison guard or prisoner. The Stanford Prison Experiment was supposed to last for 2 weeks

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