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Describe a study which investigates either conformity or obedience This essay is going to talk about a study on The Stanford Prison Experiment on Conformity by Zimbardo

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Describe a Study that describes Conformity or Obedience This essay is going to talk about a study on The Stanford Prison Experiment on Conformity by Zimbardo. It is going to explain why it was done, how it was set up, how the participants were picked, what happened during the experiment, why it was stopped, and the findings. (www.zimbardo.com) In 1971, Zimbardo a respected Psychologist heard about recent prison uprisings and became interested in what it would mean psychologically to be a prisoner and a guard. Zimbardo decided to do a study on conformity and had the idea of simulating a prison to see how people would internalise into their roles. ...read more.


An example was: "Prisoners must always address the guards as "Mr correction officer" and the warden as, " Mr chief correctional officer."(www.prison.org) The rest were guards and all were given uniforms fitting their roles in the experiment. On the day of the experiment, prisoners were unexpectedly arrested, searched, fingerprints taken and taken to the prison. There, they were stripped, given a uniform, number and put into their cells; this was to be their home for two weeks. The guards arrived in their uniforms and told they could make up their own rules for law, order and respect within the prison, they could also make up new ones when they pleased when on their eight-hour shift. ...read more.


(www.zimbardo.com) Zimbardos findings were that people experienced de-individualisation and their personal responsibility in a group. Zimbardo also found that the roles these participants were playing undid although only temporary a lifetime of learning. Zimbardo could not predict that the experiment could be so extreme and so the ethics before the experiment had been adhered to at that time. Prisoners were told that there was psychological help to enable prisoners to come to terms with what had happened and Zimbardo did offer follow up sessions.(www.zimbardo.com) This essay has spoken about Zimbardos Stanford prison Experiment on conformity and about how it was carried out. It says what happened, the roles the participants took on and how the experiment ended. It also explains Professor Zimbardo findings and how these individuals lost their identity. ...read more.

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