Stanford Prison Experiment

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The Stanford Prison Experiment was a psychology experiment based on the abuse of prisoners. There was a psychological study that was done on 24 college students who were paid 15.00 a day to participate. The experiment was a study of the human response to captivity, in particular, to the real world circumstances of prison life, not for punishment purposes. They wanted to closely simulate a prison environment, so that the volunteers can really get the feel of what being in prison is like without actually being in a real prison. I feel like the makeshift prison was better, because these were not real criminals, but volunteers. Putting them in a real prison may have caused more psychological damage versus the simulated one. The strengths of a simulated prison are its controlled environment, because it was created by you. Actually knowing you are in prison or jail can cause you to really lose it. There is nothing like losing your freedom, because of something you have done, but it is more traumatizing to be in a prison/jail when you know you haven’t done anything. The ethical concerns I seen arise from the experiment were some degrading things taking place. Things like systematically being searched and stripped naked, also being deloused with a spray. A lot of immoral things were done. To me they were treated like animals at times. Like being made to wear short gowns with nothing under them, also humiliated. On each prisoner's right ankle was a heavy chain, bolted on and worn at all times. Rubber sandals were the footwear, and each prisoner covered his hair with a stocking cap made from a woman's nylon stocking if not shaved. They had to be called and had to call other prisoners by numbers. It was to the point some where some didn’t know their identity any more, but numbers. So a lot of ethical things were apparent. I think the functional perspective was for them to create a functional simulation of a prison, but not a literal prison. They wanted to do a study on the...
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