The Stanford Prison Experiment Provides an Interesting Look Into The Human Condition

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Based on a true story of an experiment executed by Dr. Philip Zimbardo and his team, a group of college kids volunteered themselves for a two-week project to remove themselves from civilization and play the one of two roles. Half played prisoners while the other half played the guards who controlled and watched them in a mock prison in the basement of the Stanford psychology building. This was a study to analyze and collect data on the human psyche and find out how people deal with power whether given to them or taken away.

The study took on a life of its own not only on the participants but on the doctors and team behind the scenes.

The study only lasted six days.

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