Zimbardo has choosen 24 healthy men with stable psychics for his experiment. The participants were offered $15 a day for the two-week experiment. The mock prison was constructed in the Stanford Psychology Department. Zimbardo himself was an active participant of the experiment – he was the prison superintendent and his research assistant was the warden. The experiment had unexpected effects and gave much new information about the influence of the environment on the individuals. “Psychology Professor Philip Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment of August 1971 quickly became a classic. Using realistic methods, Zimbardo and others were able to create a prison atmosphere that transformed its participants” (Reicher, 14).
The Stanford Prison Experiment video shows us how quickly we can take on the role that is assigned to us (e.g., prisoner or guard in this case). As discussed in the video, there were some ethical concerns about this video, especially in regard to the “correctional officers’” behavior. What are the main things you learned from watching this video? Do you think it was a worthwhile experiment, or are the ethical concerns so great that this type of experiment should not be allowed to be conducted?
The Ethics of the Stanford Prison Experiment ..
But the Stanford prison experiment taken by Philip Zimbardo in Stanford University proves vise versa. The Stanford prison experiment was headed by Philip Zimbardo in 1971 and lasted only six days instead of two weeks planned. The experiment was aimed to find out how social environment influences individuals and how individuals act in frames of particular social roles. It was a study of human psychological reactions on imprisonment and authority. During the experiment a group of people had the roles of prisoners, while the other group presented guards. The roles were played by volunteers.