Prison Experiment

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Prison Experiment

From what I read and saw in the introduction, the policeman didn't say why he came to arrest the person and automatically cuffed the prisoner infront of the neighborhood. This brings confusion to the person in custody because they don't know what they did wrong. Cuffing someone infront of a crowd or even infront of loved ones, it brings shame and embrassment to someone's ego. Then when the prisoner is taken to be checked in and given an id, the procedure makes it seem that the prison is actually is being strippped of their rights and their own person. Their clothes taken away, hair shaven, rinse off, and given a embrassing dress to wear are all factors of dehumanizing prisoners. The guards treatment certainly makes the prisoners fear for their lives espeacially at night when everyone is asleep and vulnerable.

By: Philip Zimbardo

Prison Experiment

Name: Rosario Date: 5/3/24

In Milgram’s experiments, participants were also torn between what they should respond to—the pleas of the victim or the orders of the experimenter. Their moralsense warned them not to harm another, yet it also prompted them to obey the experimenter and to be a good research participant. With kindness and obedience on a col-lision course, obedience usually won.In the prison experiment, it was probably the same procedure. Even though "good guards" knew the prisoners couldn't take anymore pain or suffering, they still went ahead and obeied orders from "bad guards" because they wanted to be great guards or do their job..

Cognitive Dissonance Theory: We do not like when we have either conflicting attitudes or when our attitudes do not match our actions. When they clash, we will change our attitude to create balance. Guards will demonstrate this theory because some didn't know what they were supposed to do and others had conflicting feelings about the treatment of the prisoners. The guards were playing a role and they needed to fit into that role, no matter what they thought was right or wrong. Their feelings were put aside and conformed to the necessary role they needed to play in order for this experiment to work. If I was a guard in this experiment, I would be a guard that reassures the prisoners of the experiment and try to be fair and equal with them. If I was in a real prison, I would be a different kind of gurad, I would be strict and fair because I know that the prisoners inside the prison deserved to be in there for a reason or another.

My OpinionIf I was a prisoner.....I can't say if I could endure the eperience. I may be hard hearted, but I would get tired of the conidtions, espeaically the treatment of the prisoners. I would not do the things that the prisoners did in the prison. I would tried to rebel. I would rebel at my own time, but not on the second day of the experiment. Because since that time, the guards grew cold and hard against the prisoners. I would probably not be abe to endure being in prison for five or more years. I would miss my home and wouldn't be able to sleep because of the fear of being killed at night.Ethical?...I believe that this experiment was unethical. When putting someone through a situation like what the eperimenters did in this project, it was harmful to the voluteeners they used. This experiment, I believe, falls under the forbidden catogery, withthe genie experiement. The researchers towards the end of the experiement, was more focused running a prison instead of the data they are supposed to collect. If I was the experimenter.....If I was the experimenter, I woud go through with the experiment, but separate myself from the situation. I wouldn't become the head of deparment of the prison, but be a person that collects data from observation and interviewing key players. This way I could focus on the experiment itself instead of the running of the prison. I also wouldn't let this experiment run too long, but about the same time, six days.

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