The Pressure Of Conformity: The Stanford Prison Experiment

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Stanford Prison Experiment
The "good" guards may have succumbed to the pressure of conforming to the roles and expectations associated with being a guard. The simulated prison environment created a social dynamic where the guards were expected to assert authority and maintain control. The "good" guards may have felt compelled to align their behavior with the prevailing norms and expectations, even if it meant following the orders of the tough or bad guards. The guards' behavior in the Stanford Prison Experiment could have been influenced by a diffusion of responsibility. When individuals are part of a group or system, they may feel less personally accountable for their actions, believing that others share the responsibility. In the experiment, …show more content…

Conformity occurs when individuals lose their personal identity and become more focused on fulfilling their assigned roles. In this state, individuals may be more likely to engage in behaviors that they would not typically exhibit as individuals. The "good" guards might have been influenced by the role of a guard, adopting the behaviors and attitudes associated with that role, including following the orders of the tough or bad guards. The Stanford Prison Experiment was conducted over a relatively short period of time (six days) and ended abruptly due to ethical concerns when the guards saw each other in civilian clothes again and witnessed the reconversion of the prison setting to a regular hallway, they might have experienced a sense of relief and disorientation. They would likely realize that the intense power dynamics and the authority they held during the experiment were no longer applicable. Some guards might have felt a release of the pressure associated with their roles, possibly feeling a mix of guilt, self-reflection, or confusion about their behavior during the study. They may have also experienced a shift in their perception of their fellow guards, as the dynamics and roles that shaped their …show more content…

Many ethical concerns have been raised regarding the treatment of the participants and the psychological distress they experienced during the study. One of the major ethical issues with the experiment was the lack of informed consent. Participants were not adequately informed about the potential risks, psychological impact, or the extent to which their rights and well-being might be compromised. This lack of informed consent raises significant ethical concerns about the voluntary nature of their participation. The study inflicted significant psychological harm on the participants, particularly the prisoners who were subjected to emotional distress, and humiliation. The guards also exhibited abusive behaviors that went beyond what was necessary for the purposes of the research. The potential for long-term psychological harm raises serious ethical questions about the well-being of the participants. Despite the escalating abuse and mistreatment observed during the experiment, the researchers did not intervene promptly to protect the participants. This failure to ensure the welfare and safety of the individuals involved raises ethical concerns regarding the researchers'

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