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The Stanford Prison Experiment

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Anna Homrich

on 4 November 2015

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Transcript of The Stanford Prison Experiment

Video Overview:
What Is Being Proven?
Key Terms From Book
Present Day Similarities
Discussion Questions
The Stanford Prison Experiment
By: Anna Homrich, Sophie Fullen, Isaac Falk, Holden Huck
24 male college students chosen to particpate in a study of the psycological effects of prison life
Divided into 2 groups; Prisoners and Gaurds
Make-shift prison in basement of a Stanford college building
"What happens when you put good people in an evil place? Does humanity win over evil, or does evil triumph?"
Role: a set of expectations about a social position, defining how those in the position ought to behave.
Cognitive Dissonance Theory: we act to reduce the discomfort we feel when twho of our thoughts are inconsitant.
Point to Consider
Cruel Acts shape the self. But so do acts of good will. Act as though you like someone, and you soon may. Changing our behavior can change how we think about others and how we feel about oursleves.
1st few days the volunteers played their roles self-consciously
Simulation then became real
Prisoners began to break down
They rebelled or became passivley resigned
After six days the study was called off
Situation became too toxic
ordinary people can perpetrate extraordinary abuses when placed in a cruel environment without clear rules
Quote by Johnson (2007)
"Person and Situation interact. Much as water dissolves salt but not sand so rotten situations turn some people into bad apples while others resist."
The people used in the study do not have a rebellious attitude
How do our attitudes and actions effect each other?
Have you ever been placed in a bad situation? If so, did you react negatively?
Abu Ghraib
: Torture and Prison Abuse
Army and CIA comitted human rights violations agaisnt detainees in a prison in Iraq
Claimed that it was an isolated event
Reports came out that showed the situation at Abu Ghraib was part of a larger pattern of torture at additional American Overseas detention centers.
The End
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