The Stanford Experiment by Zimbardo Analytical Essay by Nicky

The Stanford Experiment by Zimbardo
The paper examines the controversial Stanford prison experiment conducted by Philip Zimbardo in 1971 to analyze the human response to captivity.
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In 1971 Philip Zimbaro conducted a highly controversial piece of research in which prison conditions were recreated to examine the human responses, both of "prisoners" and "guards" to a situation in which the harsh reality of prison was recreated. The paper describes and discusses the experiment, its results on the "guards" and the "guarded" and draws parallels to the behavior of US forces towards prisoners in Iraq.

From the Paper:

"What is the extent to which one human can knowingly harm another? This is a question that psychologists continue to study, considering the horrors of such events as Nazi Germany. In the 1960s, Stanley Milgram's experiment told volunteers they were participating in a study about learning. Each individual was a "teacher" who was to administer electric shocks to a person in another room who failed to answer a question. Even when a person being shocked mentioned having a heart condition, the volunteer teachers kept on raising the shock levels (Ricker, 2002). A decade later, in the Stanford Prison Experiment, Philip Zimbardo divided college students up into guards and prisoners to role play what occurs in a prison. The "guards" took their responsibilities to the extreme. Does this only occur in studies? Unfortunately not, as is evidenced by the inhuman treatment of prisoners in Iraq by the American soldiers. According to Zimbardo, it will take assuming the heroic to turn things around for the better."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ablow, K. (December 23, 2008) "Shocking News about Human Behavior."
  • Haney, C. & Zimbardo, P.G. (1998) The Past and Future of U.S. Prison Policy Twenty- Five Years After the Stanford Prison Experiment American Psychologist 53(7): 709-727.
  • Haney, C., Banks, W.C. & Zimbardo, P.G. (1973) A study of prisoners and guards in a simulated prison. Naval Research Review, 30, 4-17.
  • Kawasaki, Guy (April 6, 2007) How to Change the World: Ten Questions with Dr. Philip Zimbardo. Retrieved on February 17, 2009.
  • Ricker, J. P. (2002). An introduction to the science of psychology. Boston, MA: Pearson Custom Publishing.

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