One of the questions i'm often asked by professors who teach from my introductory psychology textbook is this: why don't you include zimbardo's classic stanford prison experiment in your book, like all other introductory psychology textbook authors do here's why. Discuss the ethics of the stanford prison experiment in your answer, be sure to touch on the parts of the experiment that may be considered unethical, why the study was conducted the way it was and what was done to protect the subjects, and whether you feel that under the current ethical guidelines this study could be. There's no way the small group of participants in the stanford prison experiment represented the full range of human personality variation the experimenters were held accountable, as the bbc study had an ethical committee that continually monitored the study to make sure it didn't get out of hand also. After the study, how do you think the prisoners and guards felt when they saw each other in the same civilian clothes again and saw their prison reconverted to a basement laboratory hallway how do the ethical dilemmas in this research compare with the ethical issues raised by stanley milgram's obedience experiments. Phillip zimbardo's stanford prison experiment: ethical or not chase clark university of massachusetts, lowell abstract the research conducted in this paper consists of solely the stanford prison experiment, which was originally conducted by the social psychologist, phillip g zimbardo this experiment replicated a real. When put into the position of complete authority over others people will show their true colors i think that most people would like to think that they would be fair, ethical superiors i know i would, but learning about the stanford prison experiment has made me question what would really happen if i was there would i be the.
I pose the question, was the stanford prison experiment ethical or not if your answer is no, then you agree with me i refer to the stanford experiment in an effort to show the psychological effects prison has on everyone, not just the prisoners correctional psychologists are exposed to the same stressors as. In 1973, philip k zimbardo, a psychology professor at stanford university began researching how prisoners and guards internalize submissive and authoritarian roles he placed an ad in the newspaper seeking male college students needed for a study of prison life the experiment would last for only two. This paper will discuss the main unethical elements of the stanford prison experiment, such as the violation of privacy and confidentiality, physical and mental harm during an experiment and the researcher's involvement of the warden role 'some psychological studies produce very surprising results for the researchers and.
Forty years after the stanford prison experiment, when ordinary people put in positions of power showed extreme cruelty to others, the study the volunteers had answered an advertisement in a local paper and both physical and psychological tests were done to make sure only the strongest took part. You will also give students opportunities to study several codes of ethics for psychologists (see resource requirements for a list) codes of task three use either the description of milgram's experiments on obedience to authority or the description of the stanford prison simulation to answer the questions that follow. Although an experiment of such questionable ethics would surely not gain approval from an institutional review board today, there are still quite a few the prison experiment demonstrated, in a controlled and scientific manner, just how great an effect the environment has on our individual behavior,.
Of all these responsibilities, zimbardo's experiment challenged whether or not the participants, particularly the prisoners, were protected from harm and had their dignity upheld in the perspective of the american sociological association's code of ethics (1997), the stanford experiment violated the second. A study that was prior approved by ethical bodies, it has been criticised for unethical and unscientific methods – leading the way for significant changes in ethical standards of for psychological the stanford prison experiment is an important study in the history of social psychology for experts and laymen.
This paper represents one of the most extreme experimental demonstrations of the power of situational determinants in both shaping behavior and predominating over personality, attitudes and individual values3 beyond its significant results and analysis scientists from ethical perspectives have criticized this experiment. Sent out news paper ads the experiment involved 24 male college students in the stanford area 4 zimbardo, philip this ethical principle was clearly breached in this experiment due to the physical, emotional and mental consequences the prisoners experienced at the hands of the guards (1) 1 ethical. On that fateful thursday night a quarter-century ago, maslach would take actions that made her a heroine in some circles as the one who stopped the stanford prison experiment even her now-husband, stanford psychology professor philip zimbardo, referred to the uc-berkeley psychologist as a hero.