It is a dramatized version of the experiment that has a thought provoking aspect to it. The movie starts with three professors who interview a few student to participate on their 2 week experiment. The professors rented a few rooms and a hallway at Stanford University to simulate a prison.
We wanted to see what the psychological effects were of becoming a prisoner or prison guard. To do this, we decided to set up a simulated prison and then carefully note the effects of this institution on the behavior of all those within its walls. The team selected the 24 applicants whose test results predicted they would be the most psychologically stable and healthy.
The prison had two fabricated walls, one at the entrance, and one at the cell wall to block observation.
They were given rest and relaxation areas, and other comforts. Twelve of the 24 participants were assigned the role of prisoner 9 plus 3 potential substituteswhile the other 12 were assigned the role of guard also 9 plus 3 potential substitutes. Zimbardo took on the role of the superintendent, and an undergraduate research assistant the role of the warden.
Zimbardo designed the experiment in order to induce disorientationdepersonalizationand deindividuation in the participants. The researchers held an orientation session for guards the day before the experiment, during which guards were instructed not to harm the prisoners physically or withhold food or drink.
In the footage of the study, Zimbardo can be seen talking to the guards: In general what all this leads to is a sense of powerlessness.
Prisoners wore uncomfortable, ill-fitting smocks and stocking caps, as well as a chain around one ankle. Guards were instructed to call prisoners by their assigned numbers, sewn on their uniforms, instead of by name. The prisoners were "arrested" at their homes and "charged" with armed robbery.
The local Palo Alto police department assisted Zimbardo with the arrests and conducted full booking procedures on the prisoners, which included fingerprinting and taking mug shots.
The prisoners were transported to the mock prison from the police station, where they were strip searched and given their new identities. The small mock prison cells were set up to hold three prisoners each. There was a small corridor for the prison yard, a closet for solitary confinement, and a bigger room across from the prisoners for the guards and warden.
The prisoners were to stay in their cells and the yard all day and night until the end of the study. The guards worked in teams of three for eight-hour shifts.
The guards were not required to stay on site after their shift. Guards had differing responses to their new roles. Dave Eshelmandescribed by Stanford Magazine as "the most abusive guard" felt his aggressive behavior was helping experimenters to get what they wanted.
John Mark, who had joined the experiment hoping to be selected as a prisoner, instead recalls "At that time of my life, I was getting high, all day every day I brought joints with me, and every day I wanted to give them to the prisoners.
I looked at their faces and saw how they were getting dispirited and I felt sorry for them. Guards from other shifts volunteered to work extra hours, to assist in subduing the revolt, and subsequently attacked the prisoners with fire extinguishers without being supervised by the research staff.Stanford Prison Experiment Haney & Zimbardo () The Past and Future of U.S.
Prison Policy The Stanford Prison Experiment Reicher, S., & Haslam, S. A. (). Rethinking the psychology of tyranny: The BBC prison study. Welcome to the official Stanford Prison Experiment website, which features extensive information about a classic psychology experiment that inspired an award-winning movie, New York Times bestseller, and documentary DVD.
The Stanford Prison Experiment is a frustrating watch. The guards negatively treat the detainees in ever increasing shocking and dehumanizing ways%. Procedure.
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To study the roles people play in prison situations, Zimbardo converted a basement of the Stanford University psychology building into a mock prison. The appeal of the experiment has a lot to do with its apparently simple setup: prisoners, guards, a fake jail, and some ground rules.
But, in reality, the Stanford County Prison was a heavily. Welcome to the official Stanford Prison Experiment website, which features extensive information about a classic psychology experiment that inspired an award-winning movie, New York Times bestseller, and documentary DVD.