Behavioral And Psychological Behavior Of Becoming A Prisoner Or Prison Guard Essay

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The Zimbardo Prison Study was a physiological experiment to observe the behavioral and psychological behavior of becoming a prisoner or prison guard. This study took place in the basement of the psychology building at Stanford University in 1971. The basement was rearranged to have three cells, a guard’s room, closet, and warden’s office. Philip Zimbardo was the psychologist in charge of the study and had help from Carlo Prescott, an ex-convict. There are many violations of the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologist present in this experiment that can be seen throughout the video. Due to these ethical violations and all of the aspects that came with it, for the safety of the prisoners and prison guards, this experiment which was supposed to last two weeks, lasted only six days.
Standard 3.04
a. In the Zimbardo Prison Study video, it can be clearly seen that Standard 3.04 of the Ethical Principles of Phycologist has been violated. This standard of the ethical principles is labeled as Avoiding Harm. For psychologists it is expected that they take logical actions to avoid harming their clients/patients, students, supervisees, research participants, organizational clients, and others; especially when they are working with them during their experiments, studies, or observations. In addition, it is required for the psychologist to diminish possible harm whenever they see it could be taking place in the near future or is unavoidable in their study.
b. There are many scenes in…
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