The only hypothesis proposed was merely that the assignment of a ‘guard’ or ‘prisoner’ role would result in significantly different behaviours, emotions, and attitudes. The participants were selected from a pool of volunteer male college students as the 24 who were the most stable, mature, and least anti-social as determined by a thorough questionnaire about their background and history. None of the participants knew each other from before the experiment. Randomly, half of the participants were assigned the role of ‘guard’ and the other half were assigned the role ‘prisoner’. The guards were told to “maintain the reasonable degree of order within the prison necessary for its effective functioning” (Haney, Banks, Zimbardo, 1973, p. 7),
Everything was organized because almost every beat down that happened is because if inmate refused to be “with it” then the correctional officers would plan when and how the non-complied inmate to be punished. If I was the new Warden at Rikers Island and this program was going then I would find a way to prevent it. Rayman (2009) stated that Chief of Department Carolyn Thomas and Chief of Facility Operations Patrick Walsh were briefed repeatedly about alarming series of fights, assaults, and serious injuries cause by the gang members. As a Warden, I would see this a warning sign that something is going on in the prison. That there could be a gang initiation taking place because some gangs require a potential member to beat or kill another inmate to be part of the gang.
It is safe to say that ethics is the principal of what is considered morally correct. The Zimbardo prison study is a controversy still be studied to this day. The famous study focussed on the dangers of having too much power and it soon became an unethical milestone for psychology. This taboo experiment consisted of college students being put in a prison/guard environment, and psychologists were to study the behavior of the students in a locked down arena. Although the study may have seemed ethical on paper, it soon became apparent that it was damaging the individuals involved and therefore did not last long.
The Stanford prison experiment is one of disturbing experiment in human history. It is planned by Philip Zimbardo to grasp causes of conflicts between military personnel and prisoner. In August, 1971, He builds mock prison under the Stanford University’s basement and constructs two weeks experiment. He recruits a sample from common people and allots participants into two groups, prisoners and prison officers, by random assignment. Surprisingly, both groups adapt to their assigned role, even none of them has a mental disorder or an idiosyncrasy: the prison officers become authoritative, assaulting and abusing prisoners, and the prisoner obey to ridiculous edict and become passive and pessimistic.
The power given to prison guards over prisoners can puts prison guards in the position to become evil. A great example of prison guards turning evil is seen through the Stanford Prison Experiment. This experiment was conducted using normal mentally stable volunteers and assigned them to be either a prisoner or a prison guard. The roles were selected at random. Once the people who were assigned as guards received the power in the prison, they began to perform humiliating acts towards the prisoners; humiliating acts such as striping the prisoners naked and other sexually graphic acts.
It showed how normal civilians acted when they were given authority over others. Even the most cordial, intelligent people can take on an evil, machiavellianistic nature when introduced to a dominant role in an individualized setting. This experiment taught psychologists so many things about human behavior and the prison system. It is an event that is taught in classrooms all over the world. While some people question the ethics of the experiment, it paved the way for more understanding as well as the reform of psychological practices
• I am empathetic and generous as well as compassionate, caring and concerned about others needs. • I like helping people in a resourceful way. • I am very punctual. • I take pride in my work and strive to ensure there are minimal mistakes in order for the tasks not to take long to complete. • I have the ability to act with confidence.
Discussion Assignment Unit 3 – ENGL 1102 This week you will discuss either the Immunization study or the Stanford Prison study. You will tell your fellow classmates which of the studies you felt led to the most harm and what you think could have been done by the scientists, the media, and the public to avoid or fix the harms caused. The immunization study that took place in 1998 and the Stanford Prison study that was planned for 2 weeks and was aborted after 6 days in 1971 led to negative consequences and impacted the participants of these studies and other people. I will discuss the immunization study in this discussion assignment because I believe it caused more harm than the Stanford Prison study in terms of its impact on a wider
His flaws of being stubborn, quick to anger, and difficult to reason with ended in tragedy. His actions and how they made the people around him act also bear similarities to the stanford prison experiment and the perils of obedience. Ismene follows his laws without any questions, linking it to the perils of obedience. The way Creon assumes the role of a strict and unforgiving ruler can also easily be connected to how the guards acted during the stanford prison experiment. In conclusion, there are lots of connections to be made between antigone and how Creon embodies human
The prisoners were arrested without consent and subject to standard police procedure, being fingerprinted and then blindfolded and brought to the simulation prison. The Prison operated with 11 prison guards and 10 prisoners. Misbehaviour by the prisoners was punishable by solitary confinement. Prisoners were subject to depersonalisation methods such as being referred to by numbers and given only identical smocks. Prisoners were also put into their rooms in groups of three.