Stanford Prison Experiment Do you know how you would react if you found yourself with little, if any, physical control over your environment? Or, conversely, if you had total physical control of a group, how would you use that power? If you were assigned a new social role in a group setting where there were consequences of your behavior, would your behavior change with the new role? And, if your new social role gave you no control over your life circumstances, what would be your reaction? Social scientists are concerned with group processes that take place in normal and abnormal circumstances, and, as such, design experiments to observe and record human behavior. The benefits of psychological experiments are that they provide more information about the group behavior of human beings. Scenarios are designed to be "up close and personal" for the experimenter to peer into human nature. How valid do you think the results of these types of experiments are? Are there better ways of getting information?
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