The Stanford Prison Project

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The Stanford Prison Project In the summer of 1971 at Stanford University psychologist Phillip Zimbardo conducted a behavioral experiment meant to simulate a prison. This experiment was supposed to study the behaviors both guards and prisoners go through by using student volunteers to play the parts. This experiment, conducted in the basement of a Stanford University building, began to take on a life of its own and has since gone down in infamy. This paper will look into the person responsible for this experiment, how it was conducted and the outcome of the infamous study. Philip Zimbardo is currently a well-known and highly regarded psychologist who received his Ph.D. from Yale. He has over 50 years of experience teaching psychology at many schools including the Naval Post-graduate School, Yale and Stanford University (Zimbardo,2015). Among his other accolades Dr. Zimbardo has been published over 400 times and served as the president of both the American Psychological Association and the Western Psychological Association (Zimbardo,2015). In 1971 Phillip Zimbardo was a professor at Stanford University wanting to learn more about behavior between authority figures and regular people in a prison environment.
To conduct his research Zimbardo created the Stanford Prison Project which was inspired by the Milgram obedience study. The results of the Milgram obedience study concluded that when regular ordinary people were encouraged by those in an authority position over

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