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Effects Of The Stanford Prison Experiment

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=“The line between good and evil is permeable and almost anyone can be induced to cross it when pressured by situational forces” (Zimbardo). In August of 1971, psychology professor Philip Zimbardo conducted the Stanford prison experiment, which was funded by the U.S military to investigate the causes of dissension between military guards and prisoners. As the experiment commenced participants, college students, adapted to their roles in the prison far beyond the expectations of Zimbardo. Authoritarian measures were enforced harshly to those who were the prisoners, with some even going as far as to subject prisoners to psychological torture. On the other hand, while the guards acted violently and aggressively, many of the prisoners accepted…show more content…
With this analysis of the observation, the results are consistent with the results from the Milgram experiment, finished 10 years earlier in 1961, which saw the behavior and willingness of ordinary people to fulfilled orders by an administrator, or an authority figure, even when what they were asked to do appeared to be agonizing to another participant, who unknown to those being studied was a paid actor. Even when participants felt uncomfortable with the continuation of the experiment, the scientist in the room urged them to continue in order to obtain conclusive result from the…show more content…
Both experiments concluded that people were not necessarily evil, or even sought out evil actions, but were products of situational circumstances. And in some instances genuinely believed they were doing good, even when the actions they committed could be looked at as villainous. Just as psychology analyzes the morality of humans and ways of behavior as does art, creating fictitious examples of human nature pulled from past experiences and literature is no exception. The complexity of ethics is conveyed in the intricate acts and plots of the characters in the novels and stories people read in day to day life. Good and evil, are terms that in many instances are relative and interchangeable, for some actions the end may justify the means, evil acts may be done in the name of a good cause, furthermore there are instances where acts may seem cold, or inherently wrong, but are done for the protection of oneself or others around them, lastly some acts we deem as positive or negative, but in reality they are just accidents or
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