38.Slides - Social roles and the power of the situation...

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Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment (1971) Male college students on summer break were recruited through a newspaper ad for a 1-2 week experiment being paid $15/day. Students who were judged to be the most normal, average, and healthy were selected. Those selected as guards helped in the final stages of the construction of the simulated prison in the basement of the psychology building. The guards helped select their own military style uniforms at the army surplus store and met for a general orientation to formulate rules for proper prisoner behavior.
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Unformatted text preview: Social roles and the power of the situation Diffusion of responsibility, dehumanization, attribution of blame Steady increase in aggressiveness each day Why didnt the good guards intervene? "I was instructed by persons in higher rank to stand there and hold this leash and look at the camera," she [Lynndie England] said "We don't feel like we were doing things we weren't supposed to, because we were told to do them. We think everything was justified because we were instructed to do this and do that." (CBS News, 5/12/04)...
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