Research in Sociology Essay

1240 WordsDec 26, 20135 Pages
1. If you were the experimenter in charge, would you have done this study? Would you have terminated it earlier? Would you have conducted a follow-up study? Why or why not? If I were the experimenter in charge, I would not have done this study. While the initial question posed in both cases is intriguing, (if given specific orders, would a person follow them when under normal circumstances they would not) it is not a humane experiment. All of the people in this study could have potential lasting emotional and/or physical scars that may never heal. For instance, when Prisoner 8612 “began suffering from an acute emotional disturbance, disorganized thinking, uncontrollable crying, and rage” after only 36 hours into the experiment. How can…show more content…
Just like one of the guards states in the video, “…I was shocked, dismayed even…that I could act in a manner so absolutely unaccustomed to anything I would ever really dream of doing…” 3. If you were a prisoner, would you have been able to endure the experience? What would you have done differently than the actual subjects did? For instance, if you were imprisoned in a real prison for five years or more, could you take it? No if I were a prisoner I do not think I would have been able to endure the experience. The level of psychological assault on the mind is too much for almost any person to bear. There are of course exceptions to this rule, like the prisoner they called “Sarge” because he obeyed the guards’ commands with such a precision without question. The slideshow states that similar to Sarge, other prisoners coped with their sentence by being “good prisoners”, doing what the guards wanted. I think this is the kind of prisoner I would have been. I feel that rebelling and fighting every day would take a greater toll on the mind and body than just abiding by the rules. I think that if I were imprisoned in a real prison for 5 years or more, I would hope that I could survive it by using this strategy, but realistically I think that would only go so far. I think the feelings of powerlessness and frustration would be overpowering. As the slideshow also states, the
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