Stanford Prison Experiment

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  • A mock prison was set up in the basement of Stanford University.
  • I'm a prisoner!!!
  • 24 mentally strong volunteers were chosen, one half were given the role of prisoner the other guard. Zimbardo took on the role of Prison Superintendent. It was planned to last 2 weeks.
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  • Prisoners would often be woken up in the middle of the night to do demeaning tasks e.g. cleaning the toilet however the guards were so enthusiastic they would do extra hours with no pay.
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  • Often the guards and prisoners forgot they were taking part in the experiment including Zimbardo as he thought of it more as his prison instead of an experiment with students.
  • 5 prisoners had to be released just two days in due to them showing symptoms of crying, rage and acute anxiety.
  • After 6 days, the experiment was ended as Christina Maslach intervened and said it was unethical as the point was for a psychology experiment and not to hurt boy students. It showed that when good people are put into evil situations, they can become evil.
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