The Stanford Prison Experiment And Its Effects On Social Psychology

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The Stanford Prison Experiment and its Effects on Social Psychology The Stanford Prison Experiment is one of the most notorious and unique experiments in modern social psychology history. A psychologist named Philip Zimbardo executed the Stanford Prison Experiment in 1971. His goal for this experiment was to show that the prison guards and convicts would fall into pre-defined roles, rather than following their own judgment and morals. The experiment was unsuccessful, but it produced some results that give an insight into human psychology and social behavior. Philip Zimbardo earned his Bachelor’s degree at Brooklyn College in 1954, triple majoring in anthropology, psychology, and sociology. He then went to earn his Master’s degree in 1955, and Ph.D. in 1959, in psychology at Yale University. In 1968 Zimbardo became a faculty member at Stanford University and has remained his work there ever since. Philip Zimbardo spent most of his earliest years of his career leading behavioral studies that focused on biological processes such as hunger and thirst. It was not until the 1960’s, that he then began to focus on social psychology issues, such as conformity. His experiment on prison life showed how fast a person could dissolve their own identity to fit into the social roles that are expected of them. The results and outcomes of this experiment are still important in modern day psychology. To conduct the Stanford Prison Experiment, the psychologist constructed a mock prison
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