Friday, June 22, 2012

'The Stanford Prison Experiment' - Full

'The Stanford Prison Experiment' - Full

Inspired by Stanley Milgram's iconic experiments
on obedience, and interested in understanding why
people were induced to obey unjust regimes,
psychologist Philip Zimbardo paid college students
to participate in a mock prison, as prisoners and

One of the central findings of the study is that
individuals only move towards tyranny once they
have come to identify with a group and its leadership
(in a way that Zimbardo's briefing of his guards
encouraged) and once an authoritarian agenda has
come to define that group's identity and to be seen
as a solution to its problems.