Zimbardo Summary and Analysis

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Gonzalez, p1 Andres F. Gonzalez Prof. Keeler Writing 39A A Study of Prisoners and Guards in a Simulated Prison: Summary and Response Philip Zimbardo and his colleagues created a simulated environment in which they tested a hypothetical situation in which people are placed into situations as guards and prisoners. Here, they selected 24 subjects at random from a list of 77 applicants into either role and once assigned they started right after a mock arrest. Both guards and prisoners were paid to be part of the experiment so they had an incentive to be there. The guards quickly started to take into their roles and therefore the environment quickly became unstable and dangerous psychologically for those taking part of the experiment. Prisoners suffered from the cruel reality of the prison system
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Unformatted text preview: through physical and verbal abuse from the guards. One key factor is that the guards were never told what to do and what not to do. What this shows is that humans assumed the role of their job simply by being placed on the specific environment. This shows astonishing results because it raises the question on whether humans are truly shaped by society instead of the other way around. Society shaped these individuals to act like this in this controlled environment. Even Zimbardo got carried away with the thought of being the warden of the prison and took on his role very seriously as well. When set in a powerful position, or at least one of authority, then humans might change to fit their expectations set on by others or in this case society....
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