The Stanford Prison Experiment

The Stanford Prison Experiment



The Stanford prison experiment was a study of the psychological effects of becoming a prisoner or prison guard. The experiment was conducted from August 14 to 20,1971 by a team of researchers led by psychology professor Philip Zimbardo at Stanford University. It was funded by a grant from the U.S. Office of Naval Research and was of interest to both the US Navy and Marine Corps in order to determine the causes of conflict between military guards and prisoners.
Twenty-four students were selected out of 75 to play the prisoners and live in a mock prison in the basement of the Stanford psychology building. Roles were assigned randomly. The participants adapted to their roles well beyond what even Zimbardo himself expected, leading the “officers” to display authoritarian measures and ultimately to subject some of the prisoners to torture. In turn, many of the prisoners developed passive attitudes and accepted physical abuse, and, at the request of the guards, readily inflicted punishment on other prisoners who attempted to stop it. The experiment even affected Zimbardo himself, who, in his capacity as “Prison Superintendent”, lost sight of his role as psychologist and permitted the abuse to continue as though it were a real prison. Five of the prisoners were upset enough by the process to quit the experiment early, and the entire experiment was abruptly stopped after only six days. The experimental process and the results remain controversial. The entire experiment was filmed, with excerpts made publicly available.

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September 24, 2011 / 49 Comments / by / in
  • this is interesting, it should not have happened though
    id think a psychologist would know that deliberately messing with young people's minds isn't okay.
    it didn't really prove anything either, the reactions and changes in both the guards and the prisoners aren't surprising. idk, zimbardo dude rubs me the wrong way. i feel like this was fueled more by his self interest than actually improving/raising awareness of how fucked up the US prison system really is.

  • what I dont understand is how that professor could even go back to the prison after that having known that he had tortured and driven innocent high school students to insanity.

  • Bless you Christina

  • They basically told the guards to be cruel.. Majorly flawed experiment.

  • I hadn't expected the soundtrack to include Boards of Canada. That's awesome.

  • Everyone's hating on John Wayne for stuff he did more than forty years ago, poor guy.
    I feel bad for the guys he bullied in the prison, but the whole point of this experiment is that power and corruption can affect all of us in the same way.
    Learn from John's mistakes, but don't rake him over the coals about it. He's obviously a normal dude that feels bad about it.

  • Its the same with politicians

  • The sad thing is that it was for 2 weeks but only lasted three days and it was Crazy and upsetting I suggest you watch the movie

  • this is both interesing and enlightening depresssing and scary at the same time this experiment is just something else man

  • what year was this documentary aired ?

  • Watch the film psychology just watch world War one and two that's bleeding psychology

  • Why in Christs name wasn't someones ass kicked for this.

  • I'm in a British army training astablishment as an instructor, and you don't realise how much power you do have, you have to be professional these recruites are human beings and your trying to earn their respect also you need them to learn and take in a lot of information, punishing them for no reason has two effects they iether rebell or they are to scared to learn them days have gone,you are now mentoring them they seem to want to learn and take more information in if you treat them fairly. If you watch videos of instructors screaming and shouting at recruites all they are achieving is panic and confusment from the recruit it doesn't achieve anything. If you guide them to their goal you will get 100% effort out of them.

  • After just 6 days, they were all messed up for life. Imagine what would have happened if the experiment had continued. Or if after 7 days, they were told that the roles would be switched.

  • What should be an experiment or experience are the corruptions found within the actual system that puts people in them, LEAs, DEAs, the wardens, the people who control the warden, go higher and higher until you've reached the rich ceo who owns the prison/s, how money is handled and appropriatied and all the underhanded things that can go on within the ones actually controlling the lunacy that is the American Justice System. Poor= Guilty
    Rich= Given a second chance or more.
    The mishaps that happen in ticket writing that ultimately leads to a rapist or pedophile to walk free and how those happen to begin with…. Kids,yes children to me, most know nothing of life at 18 years old now, some that haven't known anyhing but pain and hardship gets caught with a small amount of pot gets a horrid uncalled for sentence, where the rich kid loaded with 4 oz gets caught and sent home…. the averages are there. Most in prisons are in need of serious mental health treatment… makes me so sad… and angry… whew so much…. we need a way to help expose and fix these things… we need more advocates.. more humanity, more respect for life.

  • I just watched the movie, i hope they beat the dick guards or they'll get jump by bunch of guys.

  • Building 420, blaze it fgt

  • In my opinion, I believe that this was a very pointless experiment. They wanted to see what good people would do in a bad enviornment? And that outcome was bad, ofc thats what the outcome wouldve been.. Americans are so messed up, this professor knew that was gonna happen, he obviously did this for his personal enjoyment. Sick cunt.

  • What a total mind fuck on these young people, this professor Philip Zimbardo should have been locked away!!!

  • I don't see why one of the Prisoners (like I would have done) didn't beat the living s*** out of the guards. I mean they aren't REAL guards! They had no special training! I would have waited at the side of my cell door and then when they opened it up I would jump on a guard and bite his throat out. I would spit the flap of skin in my mouth into the second guards face and take his billy club and BASH the third guards guards nose in. And just beat them each down until their brains were mush…. now THOSE would have been some results now wouldn't they've ZIMBARDO?! 😃😃😃😃

  • 1:00 Psychology departemnt

    …RM 420. I see you Standford Californians, even in them 70's. (¬_¬)

  • This crap would never be allowed today. The abuse was staggering, and this guy not only kept his job, but went on to an illustrious career at Stanford until his retirement. He speaks of this like it's some fond memory. What a fucking disgrace.

  • Just watched the movie…. obviously it brought me here…. the main lesson for me?

    People are sadistic cunts never to be trusted including me. And I thought I knew me.

    We all need love. WE'RE ALL JOHN WAYNE

  • I would think it would take longer make people go psychotic not 24 hours. That kinda ruined it for me.. the military can't even crack someone in that time.

  • I get a constant feeling that a lot of people in this documentary are making excuses for all the guards and conductors of the experiment.
    They manipulated them into thinking they couldn't leave.
    The whole thing was just fucked up.

  • 25:49 i know that song. music is math by boards of canada.

  • All humans in general are cunts ,just hidden under the surface all that holds it back is the law ,

  • It's actually terrifying how close they made the movie to the original experiment. Absolutely an underrated film.

  • I hate that they made that guy curse, it breaks my heart. It's just not right.

  • When I watched that movie, I put myself in prisoner's position and I'm pretty sure that I could have killed some guard or atleast attacked them… I learned my snapping point by watching that experiment, mostly because the attitude of this John Wayne character. But then again I can't be sure because I was not in it, but that's just how I felt watching it.

  • I think Dave thought it would be and was fun to harass the other kids. He acted that way cause he could and wanted to, not to play a bigger role in the experiment.

  • I'm here after watching the movie. It's pretty good. They recreated everything very well. I swear if I was one of the prisoners, as soon as the "experiment" was ended, I woulda swung on every guard in that bitch. Fuck outta here

  • This is just a hazing experiment. Literally happens to every pledge in a national fraternity process lol

  • What year was this documentary?

  • dave has lied to himself for so long he's starting to believe it

  • fuck the mall cops

  • fake ass badges bunch of gangbangin faggots we got here all fagged out in their uniforms and your stupid fuckin cheap ass shades

    I woulda been that guy who woulda been kicked tf out this experiment lol id take that baton and beat you all up and downside your head dude

  • building 420

  • recognised Boards of Canada straight away

  • I myself am conducting a prison experiment but with women instead of men. I strongly doubt it'll have an affect on them. Primarily because the 21 girls that volunteered for the experiment… know each other already for the most part. Plus they're high school students so we will also see if age plays a part in all of this.

  • dave eshelman is a dickhead

  • I worked in an asylum for 20 years. I still can’t shake the bullshit I had to see and fight against every goddamn day. You can’t just hire some local yokel to be in charge of people.

  • dave's proof that some people just really don't change

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  • Hex

    Boards of Canada on the soundtrack

  • Such a good use of BOC music though, seriously, why hasn't anyone mentioned it? : p

  • In the real world, criminals are in prison specifically to have a bad time. Not sorry for them. But innocent people arbitrarily labelled as prisoners is not analogous to prisons.

  • There is only one Judge I fear more than Judge Dredd – and that is Judge Mental. Don’t start your yapping pious shit sat this side of the screen. The hippie students would have done well to act as a military recruit. Trouble is that they didn’t know how. That’s what you get for free minded volunteering

  • Dave is such a piece of shit…he tries to remove all guilt by saying he was playing a role & claims no one questioned his authority. Because when someone did refuse or question his authority he became an even more righteous asshole, forcing more derogatory things to happen. Completely agree with 25:55 ..he showed his true colors & didn't want to take responsibility for it.

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