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1

what was the aim of Zimbardos study?

To investigate how readily people would conform to the roles of guard and prisoner in a role-playing exercise that simulated prison life.

2

when and where did the experiment take place?

1971 base of standford universities psychology department

3

what was the sampling?

volunteer sampling - newspaper advert asking for male students who would be paid £15 a day to take part

4

what was zimbardos role in the experiment?

he placed himself in the road of chief superintendent- this clouded his role and judgement regarding ethics

5

what were the investigator effects?

-it was in his interest to get shocking results as it led him to becoming a very successful psychologist
-he was heavily criticised for his involvement and the guards reported feeling pressured to give him the result he wanted

6

what were some ethical issues?

-werent protected physically or mentally
-guards were at risk of psychological harm as they had to deal with the things they had done
-lack of informed consent regarding the arrest
-not filly given the right to withdraw told to "sleep on it"

7

what are some specific prisoner example?

1)prisoner 416 went on a hunger strike which frustrated the guards
2)816 acted crazy as a way of getting out

8

what are some of the real life implications?

-during the iraq war american troops were pictured committing horrific acts towards the prisoners
-as the soliders had no history of violence,zimabardo argued it was the conditions of the prison itself that led to the behaviour
BAD CIDER COULD OFTEN BE CAUSED BY A BAD BARREL NOT A BAD APPLE

9

what are some demand characteristics from the study ?

all participants new they were in a psychology study and many of them would have heard of him and maybe wanted to impress him by getting the results that he wanted