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    Stanford Prison Experiment Video

    Has anyone ever seen/heard of this? It's kind of old, but really interesting none the less.

    There's also an interesting connection to shyness at 47:00
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    Quote Originally Posted by Metamorphosis View Post
    Stanford Prison Experiment Video
    Has anyone ever seen/heard of this? It's kind of old, but really interesting none the less.
    Along with Milgrom's "zap the subject" experiments, one of the most famous psych/socio tests of last century.

    They shut it down early because of the negative group dynamics. Very fascinating stuff.
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    I've read The Lucifer Effect, which is the book written by the professor administering the experiment.. thanks for the link to the video.

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    Great stuff.. anyone doesn't know about this, worth a look/read. It's amazingly depressing what it says about the human psyche, too! Hooray!

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    Only now reading about it. Quite morbid. And interesting how some guards were apparently kinder and some genuinely sadistic.
    Not really.

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    The prison experiment describes perfectly how I see the world. We're all prisoners and our rulers are the prison guards. It's why I don't trust anyone with the slightest amount of power or authority.

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    *nods* Very fascinating stuff indeed... It's a classic for intro psyc classes. Good stuff!

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    There is a rather shocking but impressive German filmversion of it: "Experiment".
    Experiment, Das (2001)

    The experiment in itself is absolutely amazing and frightening.
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    This strongly reminds me of my time in the prison camps and why I never wish to return to them. It may be the main thing that gave me my strong resistance to authority through undermining their power and attacking their position. Of course, some of it is just my personality.
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    This is a classic! I find the Milgram Shock Experiments even more disturbing though.

    If I ever get a PhD, it will likely be in social psych.

    They really went full force with this experiment, and there's no way any US institution would allow it today. From The Stanford Prison Experiment: A Simulation Study of the Psychology of Imprisonment:

    Blindfolded and in a state of mild shock over their surprise arrest by the city police, our prisoners were put into a car and driven to the "Stanford County Jail" for further processing.
    ...
    Each prisoner was systematically searched and stripped naked. He was then deloused with a spray, to convey our belief that he may have germs or lice
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    Out of 50 or more outsiders who had seen our prison ...only one who ever questioned its morality. Once she countered the power of the situation, however, it became clear that the study should be ended.

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