Stanford Prison Experiment

Simulation Study on the Physcology of Imprisonment


Male college students had done was to answer a local newspaper ad calling for volunteers in a study of the psychological effects of prison life. The staff wanted to see what the psychological effects were of becoming a prisoner or prison guard. To do this, the experimenters decided to set up a simulated prison and then carefully note the effects of this institution on the behavior of all those within its walls.

Handcuffing Prisoner #8612

The car arrived at the station, the suspect was brought inside, again he was warned of his rights, finger printed, and a complete identification was made. The suspect was then taken to a holding cell where he was left blindfolded to ponder his fate and wonder what he had done to get himself into this mess.

Stanford Prison Experiment: Controlling the Prisoners