The Stanford Prison Experiment , a Review.

765 Words Mar 14th, 2012 4 Pages
The Stanford Prison experiment, in my opinion is a remarkable experiment . It isn’t ethical in the least but the results that have emerged have exceeded even what Mr.Zimbardo set out to do.
The aim of seeing whether people change their basic personalities , moralities , values when subjected to an external hostile environment has been successfully proven. My honest opinion is that , at that time in 1971 , it was rational enough to think about going out of the way to get an answer to a particular question . If Mr.Zimbardo were to conduct this experiment in modern day 2012 , it would have never left the drawing board. The acceptance of the public to such an experiment played a large part in it being so famous (right and wrong reasons). At
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Their behavior changed accordingly. The prisoners were assigned numbers such as #416 . They began to associate themselves with that number and not their name, Its surprising to see that with a change in the environment , an individual can disassociate himself with his own identity . Uncautiosly the guards started to behave like “guards” in the true sense. Their personal views , notions were thrown out of the window and they followed the “stereotypical” impression of a jail guard of him being , sadistic , mean , rude , alpha male etc.
The prisoners , who were victim to this were treated like garbage , their self esteem , confidence etc was non-existent . They forgot the fact that they were real human beings who lived a completely normal life away from this madness but that wasn’t the case. Its surprising to see people change according to the situation , its almost characteristic of a chameleon. A few prisoners couldn’t handle the emotional torture and went into trauma and depression. They were released immediately from the experiment.
This shows us the effect literal role playing can have on the human mind.

The guards though they weren’t like this in real life , the situation around them made them feel it necessary to alter their behavior unknowingly to tame the prisoners as a master would do…