The Stanford Prison Experiment

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The Stanford prison experiment was conducted at Stanford University on August 14th through August 20th in 1971, by a team of researchers headed by psychology professor Philip Zimbardo. This experiment used college students and was funded by the U.S. Office of Naval Research. The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps were both very interested in this particular experiment due to the many violent outbreaks and conflicts between military guards and prisoners. In 2010 Hollywood produced a movie on the events of the Stanford prison experiment. The movie was all about a study on how people would behave in a simulated setting of a prison. It starts off with an advertisement in the newspaper looking for subjects to be a part of an experiment, where participants assume the identities of inmates and prison guards in an empty jail, the subjects are promised a payment of $1,000-a-day for two weeks. After several interviews were conducted measuring the test subject’s responses to a number of different violent scenes, twenty-six subjects are finally chosen and are split into two categories: six of them as guards and twenty of them as prisoners. All of these men are considered to be the most psychologically stable and healthy of all of the applicants. The groups were deliberately selected to exclude those with criminal backgrounds, psychological impairments, or medical problems. They then are driven to an isolated building set up as a prison. The research conductor outlined basic rules of the
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