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The Stanford Prison Experiment And Group Think

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Zhijie Zhu ENG 104 Mr. Crosetti 22/Sept/2015 A Discussion of “The Stanford Prison Experiment” and Group Think Group think is a phenomenon that occurs when group 's need for consensus supersedes the judgment of individual group members. Group think often occurs when there is a time constraint and individuals put aside personal doubts so a project can move forward or when one member of the group dominates the decision-making process. In the article “The Stanford Prison Experiment”, the author Philip Zimbardo tells an experiment that ran by a professor who wants to find how could a prison environment influence people in it. According to what the authors describes, the experiment is getting more and more out of control. Prisoners are getting tame and keepers are getting bossy which forces the team to stop the experiment in 6 days instead of 14 days. At the end, the author claims his idea about the experiment that he is surprised by how people can change in a special environment. As for me, this article gives me an idea that in some special situation, such as the prison environment in this article, groupthink is something unavoidable and uncontrollable. In “The Stanford Prison Experiment”, the cause of groupthink is a prison environment which gives some people absolute power while other people have to obey the domination. “There followed a reading of the 16 basic rules of prisoner conduct”(231) “After 10 p.m. lockup, toilet privileges were denies, so prisoners who had to
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