To investigate how rapidly people would conform to new roles by observing them through the roles of guard and prisoner.
They had to be well-adjusted, healthy males who were tested through psychometric tests from a university.
They were given the roles of guards and prisoners. The prisoners were stripped from their identity and the guards took control treating the prisoners as if they were in a real prison.
Will you take part in a prison experiment?
No, thank you.
The guards followed their roles harassing prisoners to so much extent that the experiment had to be ended within 6 days. Prisoners rebelled against guards and became depressed and anxious.
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There was no consent from the participants, it cause humiliation and distress and Zimbardo was wrong to play both prison-superintendent and chief researcher as it cause conflict.