What Are The Psychological Effects Of The Stanford Prison Experiment

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I have chose “ The Stanford Prison Experiment”. The Stanford prison experiment was a study of the psychological effects of becoming a prisoner or prison guard. First of all I chose this Experiment because I was so intrigued with the effects of the human brain. I was amazed in what little time the good and well educated college students turned into completely different people is the short time of just 6 days! This Experiment came to be in the Stanford university on August 14 through the 20th in 1971. How this all began was with a team of well educated researchers led by the psychology professor Philip Zimbardo. How was this funned you ask? It was sponsored by U.S. Office of Navel Research. This Experiment was of great interest to the U.S. Navy…show more content…
Zimbardos team has an orientation the day before the expirement began. In the orientation was stated the following, you cannot harm physically any of the prisoners, you cannot withhold any food or drink from them. In some of the footage from the real thing, professor Zimbardo was seen talking to the guards. Zimbardo wanted the expirement to work at the maximum result. He explained to the guards that they had complete control of them, and that the prisoners were completely defenseless. The guards had all the power through out the whole…show more content…
When they had arrived they were strip searched and given their new identities. The fake prison that they were taken to was quite small. Each cell held 3 prisoners. . There was a small corridor for the prison yard, a closet for solitary confinement, and a bigger room across from the prisoners for the guards and warden.the prisoners were to stay in their cells or the yard, all day. The guards worked in teams of three for eight-hour shifts. As for the guards they were told they didn't have to stay on site after their shift was over. After it all the guards were just become completely different people. For example, complete different attitudes, they did not have any respect or sympathy for any of the other “prisoners”. As the days went on the guards became animals. Finally at one point one of the guards had snapped at one of the prisoners and had assaulted him with the wooden bottoms they were given by the researchers.after that point the experiment had to be ended after just 6
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