Within a few days the students internalized their roles

Within a few days the students internalized their roles -...

Info iconThis preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Within a few days the students internalized their roles. Charon (1986:173) contends the situation became so nightmarish that the study came to an early end. On the second day of the study, the prisoners protested and as punishment guards took away their beds. Other student-prisoners who didn't follow the rules were placed in "the hole" which was an area used for solitary confinement. Going to the bathroom became a privilege for the model prisoners. According to Zimbardo, "There were dramatic changes in virtually every aspect of their behavior, thinking, and feeling. We saw some boys (guards) treat other as if they were despicable animals.
Background image of page 1
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: Those playing prison guards took pleasure with inflicting cruelty. The other boys (prisoners) became servile, dehumanized robots who thought only of escaping, of their own individual survival, and of their mounting hatred for the guards" (see Charon, 1986:174). Zimbardo (1971) noted that some prisoners attempted to fake insanity in an effort to be removed from the experiment. In the case of one young man, the prisoner appeared to actually "loose it."...
View Full Document

This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

Ask a homework question - tutors are online