The Stanford Prison Experiment Research Paper.docx - 1 The Stanford Prison Experiment Jeff Riffe Soc 401 Social Psychology According to Zimbardo and his

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1 The Stanford Prison Experiment Jeff Riffe Soc 401 Social Psychology According to Zimbardo and his colleagues, the Stanford Prison Experiment demonstrates the powerful role that the situation can play in human behavior. Because the guards were placed in a position of power, they began to behave in ways they would not usually act in their everyday lives or other situations. The prisoners, placed in a situation where they had no real control, became passive and depressed. The Stanford Prison Experiment degenerated very quickly and the dark and inhuman side of human nature became apparent very quickly. The prisoners began to suffer a wide array of humiliations and punishments at the hands of the guards, and many began to show signs of mental and emotional distress. Most of the guards conformed to the mistreatment or at least went along with it to show conformity. The guards were showing signs of individuation where as they loss their self-restraint and awareness. On the second day of the experiment, the prisoners organized a mass revolt and riot, as a protest about the conditions. The prisoners conformed to their group thinking when the rose up against the guards. Guards worked extra hours and devised a strategy to break up and put down the riot, using fire-extinguishers. No prompt for this action was given by Zimbardo; the guards used their own initiative to formulate the plan. Standard prisoner counts and roll-call became a trial of ordeal and ritual humiliation for the prisoners, with forced exercise and physical punishments becoming more and more common. Mattresses were confiscated from the prisoners and they
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