The Stanford Prison Experiment

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The Stanford Prison Experiment
SBS Viceland  |  July 21, 2018

In 1971, Stanford University professor Dr Philip Zimbardo, cast 24 student volunteers as prisoners and guards in a simulated jail to examine the source of abusive behaviour in the prison system. The results astonished the world, as participants went from middle-class undergrads to drunk-with-power sadists and submissive victims in just a few days. Created with the close participation of Dr Zimbardo himself, this is a chilling, edge-of-your-seat thriller about the dark side of power and the effects of imprisonment.

In 1971, Stanford University professor Dr Philip Zimbardo, cast 24 student volunteers as prisoners and guards in a simulated jail to examine the source of abusive behaviour in the prison system. The results astonished the world, as participants went from middle-class undergrads to drunk-with-power sadists and submissive victims in just a few days. Created with the close participation of Dr Zimbardo himself, this is a chilling, edge-of-your-seat thriller about the dark side of power and the effects of imprisonment.

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