Tracey Riley Abu Ghraib Analysis The Stanford Prison Experiment was a study conducted by Philip Zimbardo in 1971. This study was to determine various human responses to captivity and the degree of behavioral effects guards and prisoners had while in prison. Results of the study included guards with sadistic tendencies, physical punishment, and harsh living conditions. Decades later, a similar incident occurred at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Cruel and torturous acts were committed on the Iraqi prisoners by several members of the Military police. It is conclusive to say that the discoveries made by Zimbardo in 1971 reasonably predicted the events that later occurred at the Abu Ghraib prison. Zimbardo and his team intended to test the hypothesis that guards and prisoners of a certain nature would automatically lead to extremely poor conditions. This hypothesis tested to be true when the guards continued to perform sadistic acts on the prisoners and the prisoners began to be emotionally impacted by the treatment. In addition, living
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Stanford prison experiment, Philip Zimbardo, Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse, Abu Ghraib