Stanford Prison Experiment - 77846

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   On a summer day in August 1971, Palo Alto City Police swept through the town, making a mess arrest of college students, for armed robbery and burglary. After booking, the suspect was blindfolded and placed in a holding cell to wonder his fate, and ponder what he had done to get himself in this mess. What he did was answer an ad by Dr. Philip Zimbardo a psychologist at Stanford University, who was conducting a simulated study of psychological effects, of imprisonment. This experiment was to investigate how readily; people would conform to a role given to them, using every day middle-class college students. The study also brought up interesting arguments, in brutality among American prison systems. With the study to be concluded in a two week time frame, it was cut short, when researchers realized participants were not role-playing, and to prevent any physical and psychological harm from occurring. This study also brought up whether this type of experiment was ethical and did any ethical codes violations occur.


Dr. Zimbardo “In order to better understand the psychology of imprisonment which we were trying to simulate in our study, we called upon the services of experienced consultants. Foremost among them was Carlo Prescott, an ex-con who had served nearly seventeen years in San Quentin, Soledad, Folsom and other prisons. He made us aware of what it was like to be a prisoner. He also introduced us to a number of other ex-cons as well as correctional