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Nathalie Medina  PSY2012- SONA Alternative Assignment  Stanford Prison Experiment  1. What police procedures are used during arrests, and how do these procedures lead people  to feel confused, fearful, and dehumanized? The procedures that police officers follow in this experiment are very cruel. One of the many  things they do is scream at people and make them feel like they’re worthless. Even if they’re  not saying mean things, just the fact that they’re screaming right in your face just makes it  seem so mean, it makes you feel scared of them, like if they were going to actually hit you in  the face or something since they’re so close to you. Another thing they do to make you feel  confused and fearful is wear glasses. The type of glasses they wear are dark aviator glasses  that make it impossible to look at you in the eyes. That dehumanizes people because imagine  talking to someone, or at least trying to talk to them but you feel like you’re talking to a wall  because you can’t see their eyes. You can’t see their facial expressions or anything they do  with their eyes, you can’t see if they’re looking at you, if they’re looking at your eyes or  something else. The reason they used those type of glasses in the experiment is because they  make the guard feel more powerful and they make the prisoners feel like the guards have  power over them. Also another thing they use to make people fearful when making an arrest  is the use of the nightstick. This gives the guard a sense of power even though they wouldn’t  really use it. When prisoners would get brave, the guard would pull out the nighstick and the 
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prisoners would calm down because they obviously did not want to get beat up with a stick.  Another procedure they would use to confuse the prisoners is they would blind fold them.
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