Psychology Lab #3

Psychology Lab #3 - Donnelly 1 Scott Donnelly Psychology...

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Scott Donnelly 11/11/07 Psychology Lab #3 Question #9 The abuse that the Iraqi prisoners endured in 2003 was similar to the abuse that took place in the Stanford Prison experiment because both prisoners lost their sense of individuality. The prisoners were treated in this way because the guards/soldiers knew that they had full control over the situation. The prisoners may have thought of retaliating, however, they knew that harsh punishment would have resulted. Control and dominance wanted to be demonstrated to these prisoners because without that established a prison’s walls can come down. This type of abuse, although cruel and unusual, causes prisoners to lose their masculinity. Mentally, the prisoners feel helpless and the experience will never end. Through this, a prisoner only thinks about getting through the day and keeping his emotions on the inside. On the contrary, the abuse delivered by the soldiers was different from that of the abuse in the Stanford Prison experiment because while the soldiers did it for fun, the guards used this abuse to punish inmates and prohibit them from joining forces with each other. This was done to prevent breakouts and rebellions. I believe the soldiers used the abuse as a way to celebrate their accomplishments in the war. The humiliation of the enemies is in response to the suffering they have caused for America. In the Stanford
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PSYC 100 taught by Professor Capo during the Spring '08 term at Maryland.

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Psychology Lab #3 - Donnelly 1 Scott Donnelly Psychology...

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