Essay about Zimbardo 's Stanford Prison Experiment

1199 Words Nov 16th, 2014 5 Pages
Zimbardo’s Stanford prison experiment 1971 and Milgram’s obedience to authority experiment 1961 are two studies that would not be considered ethical today. Zimbardo was seeking whether it was the brutality of the guards or the prison environment that caused such harm to prisoners. Zimbardo’s study is highly unethical due to the lack of informed consent recorded and the participants physical and psychological health not being protected. Milgram’s study focused on the darker side of obedience to find out what extent people will go to under authority. Milgram deceived his participants into thinking they were shocking a real person which put them under great amounts of stress. He also made it difficult for his participants to withdraw. One of the most notorious experiments in history aimed to seek how willingly, when put into roles of guard and prisoner, these participants would accommodate to these roles in a virtual prison environment (Mcleod, 2008)1. Conducted by Philip Zimbardo in the premises of Stanford University in 1971 this experiment became very controversial. The study included 24 male college students who were said to be ‘healthy’ physically and psychologically. Participants were being paid $15 per day (Mcleod, 2008)2. The participants were randomly assigned the role of guard or prisoner. The experience was made realistic through fake arrests at their homes that they were not aware of, when they arrived at the prison they had fingerprints and pictures taken. The…

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