Summary Of Zimbardo's Study

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The purpose of Zimbardo’s study is to investigate how people would adapt to the roles of guard and prisoner in a role-playing exercise that simulated prison life. He wanted to investigate on whether brutality reported among guards in American prisons was because of sadistic personalities of the guards and determine if this caused problems within the prison environment. Prisoner and guards have different personalities that make conflict inevitable. Prisoners lacking respect for law and order, which doesnt help with the guards being domineering and aggressive. Prisoners and guards may behave in a hostile manner due to the rigid power structure of the social environment in prisons. Where anything said or done can and will be used against the
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