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					Stanford Prison Experiment

    Or: Never volunteer for a
     psychology experiment!
   Step into my laboratory…
• 70 college aged
  students apply for
  psych experiment
• 24 healthy subjects
  chosen
• Subjects are
  randomly assigned
  positions as guard or
  prisoner
                Arrested!
• “Prisoners” arrested
  without warning for
  robbery as families
  and neighbors
  watch.

• Taken to jail in the
  back of a police car
      Mug Shots: that’s fun!
• Handcuffed “criminals”
  are taken to the
  basement of the psych
  building, which has
  been turned into a
  realistic jail. There
  they are fingerprinted
  and booked
   Let the de-lousing begin!
• Prisoners were taken in
  blindfolds to holding
  areas
• Prisoners were strip
  searched
• Prisoners were
  deloused
• Prisoners were given
  degrading prison outfits
    I love what you’ve done
         with your hair!
• Prisoners outfits were
  smocks with no
  underclothes

• Hair was covered with
  a nylon cap to
  dehumanize

• Chains worn around
  ankles
        I’m too sexy for my
             sunglasses
• Guards were given
  matching uniforms

• Guards were given
  mirrored sunglasses

• Guards were instructed
  to “maintain law and
  order”
                My crib
• Prisoners crowded
  into a cell

• Guards were free to
  wake them at all
  hours for
  punishment
        We shall overcome!
• On the second day,
  rebellion broke out

• Prisoners removed their
  caps and barricaded
  themselves

• Guards used fire
  extinguishers, physical
  punishment and
  solitary confinement
       Good Boy/ Bad Boy
• Guards began using
  psychological
  torture

• Some prisoners
  were good- granted
  privileges; others
  were bad and were
  punished
                 Bring It On
• The guards began using
  many unacceptable
  forms of punishment:
  no toilet or bathing
  privileges, cleaning
  toilets with bare hands,
  forced prisoners into
  humiliating/ sexual
  punishments
  Hello Mother, Hello Father
• Parents were allowed
  to visit for ten minutes
• Had to speak to
  Warden first

• Fathers were goaded-
  can’t your son take it?
• None demanded that
  their son be released
     Off to the Looney Bin!
• Prisoner #8612
  began to lose sanity
• Cried, screamed,
  raged
• Wouldn’t eat or
  respond
• Were forced to
  release him
             A Break Out?
• When guards heard
  that a break out
  was possible,
  Zimbardo went to
  the police to ask for
  a transfer
• When denied, they
  reinforced the bars!
           Now You’ll Pay
• Frustrated over
  rumor of break in,
  guards increase
  punishments
              Prisoner 416
• Prisoner 416 arrived to
  replace 8612.
• Because he was not
  used to the
  punishment, he
  rebelled
• Other prisoners told on
  him
• When given the choice
  between helping him or
  giving up own blankets,
  all chose to let him
  suffer
          The Fun Is Over
• After a week, a
  fellow researcher
  visits the
  experiment and is
  horrified

• Experiment ends
  ahead of schedule
           Let’s Do It Again!
• Guards disappointed
  about experiment’s end

• Many volunteer to
  continue duties for free

• Next day, break out
  attempted in San
  Quentin!
        Stanford Today?
• Abu Ghraib Prison
  Guards found
  guilty of:
• Electrocution
• Sexual Assault
• Psychological
  Torture
• Murder

				
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