Twisted Prison Experiment

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In the journal I decided to review, researchers observed and analyzed the different behaviors between prisoners and guards in a simulated prison at the Stanford University during the dates of August 14-20, 1971. The simulated prison was in a basement of a psychology building at the university. The researcher conducting this experiment was psychology professor Philip Zimbardo and the rest of his team which included Craig Haney and Curtis Banks. In the study, they were able to collect many valuable information regarding roles in different institutions. The study was conducted for the sole purpose of generating results that were expected such as “significantly different reactions on behavioral measures of interaction, emotional measures of mood…show more content…
They responded to an ad that asked for male volunteers to participate in a psychology study of “prison life” for a compensation of $15 a day which was quite a bit for the year this experiment was conducted. There were ten prisoners and eleven guards that were given designated roles randomly. The prisoner volunteers were told that they would have little to no privacy. The guards were told that their role was to simply maintain reasonable order in their prison for it to operate…show more content…
They were booked in at a station through the usual routines. They were then driven blindfolded to the simulated prison. Once they arrived they were stripped completely and sprayed with delousing preparation. After being given their uniforms and having their mugshot taken, the warden welcomed them and read them the rules of the prison. The dehumanizing experiment required every prisoner to learn their I.D numbers and the rules established by the Warden. Not only that but they were also given only 3 bland meals a day, 3 supervised restroom passes daily, and 2 hours daily either reading or writing. They were also accounted for three times a day to see that everyone was
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