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Mia Ha Professor Phillip Savage ENGL 282B January 30, 2019 Cracked.com Article 6 Psychological Experiments with Terrifying Results Psychological Experiments – we all heard about it, some of us even wish to participate in one of those with the hope to be a part of an interesting, amazing, and fun discovery in social studies. However, not all psychological experiments end with satisfying results. The truth is many of those can be quite disturbing – even terrifying! Here is the list of 6 psychological experiments that could really scare you away from human psychology, give you some nightmares, and make you seriously question the nature of human behavior. 6. Stanford Prison Experiment The social psychologist who conducted this experiment is Philip Zimbardo and he became well-known after the horrible experiment. Now we are all wondering what horrible thing he did to make himself famous and thinking of Zimbardo as a mad scientist inventing something very destructive to human being. It was not quite that, yet he was successful in creating some awful chaos in his experiment. In 1971, he set out to interrogate the social roles that people played by using a group of male college students to participate to a two-week long experiment. In this experiment, some of them would live as prisoners and the rest as guards in a mock prison. When choosing the test group, Zimbardo picked for their roles without telling them and unexpectedly arrested the
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“prisoners” outside of their homes. The students did not have a choice to be guards or prisoners; additionally, Zimbardo did a good job to make the experiment as real to the participants as possible. The unexpected thing happened not long after: the group of guards began to abuse the prisoners to the point of mental breakdowns. Zimbardo was supposed to have the “absolute power” which he could use to stop/intervene when the guards started to abuse the prisoners, however he did not stop them. As evil as it was, Zimbardo wanted to see the breaking point of the situation and evaluate it. However, things became out of control and the experiment had to stop earlier than scheduled: it ended after just 6 days. The distressing result of this experiment had proven that people could really change when they are in power. Perhaps we are no different than the “guards” in Zimbardo’s experiment if given the power over others with no consequences.
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  • Fall '09
  • Stanford prison experiment, Philip Zimbardo, Milgram experiment

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