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Zimbardo- Stanford Prison Experiment

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Sam Delve

on 8 October 2012

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Transcript of Zimbardo- Stanford Prison Experiment

Dr. Phillip
Zimbardo's By Sam Delve, Ismail Tariq, and Michael Lahaye The Experiment Stanford Prison
Experiment 70 people initially answered the initial ad.
After psychological testing 24 remained.
These 24 were randomly assigned positions in the prison.
Twelve were guards and twelve were prisoners.
The prison itself was made by blocking a corridor off in the basement of Stanford. The "cells" themselves were made by taking the doors off of offices and putting bars and cell numbers on them The Arrest One August morning the experiment began.
The twelve people assigned as prisoners were charged with various crimes and arrested.
They were taken to the police station and then subjected to standard protocol. After this the prisoners were blindfolded and then driven to the "prison." When the prisoners got to the jail they were humiliated.
They were stripped naked, deloused, given a stocking cap to convey baldness, and given a dress to wear.
All this served the purpose of demasculating and humiliating the prisoners. Humiliation The guard's outfit was designed to maximize anonimity.
They wore khaki uniforms and had billy clubs, whistles, and mirrored sunglasses.
The Guards were given no training and only told to maintain order and command the respect of the prisoners. The Guards There were 3 guards on duty at a time with a further 6 on on break that could be called in at any time. A common form of punishment in the prison was pushups.
At first researchers were puzzled by this but it was later discovered that this form of punishment was used at Nazi death camps. Asserting Authority The first action the guards took was a count.The prisoners were harshly woken up and counted.This was to familarise the prisoners with their numbers and demonstrate their place in the prison By the second day the prisoners had enough.
They put their beds up against the doors and barricaded themselves in.
The guards resorted to spraying fire extinguishers and forcing open the doors. Rebellion Once in the cells the guards stripped the prisoners and confined the leaders to solitary confinement. With the rebbellion crushed the guards needed a way to make sure it didnt happen again.
They set up a special cell for the prisoners, they got there clothes back and got treated better.
After a half day the prisoners were cycled out
This led to a breaking of solidarity among the prisoners. Divide and Conquer The rebellion was a huge shift in the way the guards treated the prisoners.
After it the guards stepped up their aggresion, and control of the prisoners. 36 hours into the experiment the researchers started to see signs of emotional distress.
Prisoner #8612 was beggining to suffer from acute emotional disturbance.
The researchers thought he was trying to trick them into releasing him. Prisoner #8612 At the next count ne began to act crazy.
He told the other prisoners "You can't quit..." before being released. The next day was visiting hour for the families of the prisoners
The researchers were worried that parents would pull their children out of the experiment so they went to lengths to make it seem more habitable Visiting Hour Some mothers complained about the conditions in the prisons.
To counter this they asked the fathers if there sons could handle it. After the visiting hours the guards got word of an escape plot.
Apparently Prisoner #8612 was coming back with friends to break into the prison and free the inmates.
The plan was too dismantle the jail, take the prisoners and blindfold them, and then put them in another room Escape It was during this time that Dr. Zimbardo got into his role as the prison superintendent.
He remembers getting angry at the lack of police cooperation and criticisms of his experiment. By Sam Delve, Ismail Tariq,
and Michael Lahaye One prisoner, #819 was not feeling well .
He began to cry hysterically before being sent out for a short break.
While this was going on the guards lined up the prisoners and had them chant "Prisoner #819 is a bad prisoner." Prisoner #819 Prisoner #819 heard them and started sobbing.
When Dr. Zimbardo suggested he leave he stated he wanted to go back and prove hes wasnt a bad prisoner. By day 6 Dr. Zimbardo was forced to end the experiment.
He had created a power vaccum where the guards had total control.
They feared some of the prisoners would suffer from PTSD and have permanant effects from the experiment.
As such on August 6th The experiment was called off over a week early. An End Where It Ties in... This experiment goes lengths to explain to us how the holocaust happened.
In this experiment we saw how people behaved when in captivity.
We see how "good" people can turn bad when put into a position of power.
This can go a long way to explaining why a group of people murdered millions of people.
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