AO3 Zimbardo (Social roles conformity)

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  • AO3 of Conforming to social roles
    • Methodological weaknesses reducing reliability
      • Reicher and Haslam BBC replication using 15 men gave role of prisoner and guard but they did not conform to the roles automatically
        • Thereofre, reducing the claim of Zimbardo's that social roles are automatic. SPE may be unreliable as this demonstrates inconsistency in his research
          • Thus, may be an inaccurate explanation for conforming to social roles
    • Ethical guidelines were not followed- there are ethical implications
      • Protection from harm: Pp were forced to partake in humiliating acts, clean toilets with bare hands and were arrested from their homes. These may have cause psychological harm to participants
        • Consent and deception- the Pp were deceived as they were not told that this experiment was questioning personality or situation affecting sadistic behaviour in guards
          • Pp could not fully consent as they were not aware that they would be arrested from their homes, subjected to dehumanising tasks such as cleaning the toilet with bare hands and one was even force fed.
            • This means that participants wellbeing and human rights were not taken into consideration. This sheds Psychology in a negative light as a cost benefit analysis should have been taken into consideration
    • It has real world applications
      • American soldiers were administrated to obtain information from Iraqi prisoners. Therefore, they subjected them to torture, humiliating acts such as public masturbation and many of them died during this
        • This study was used in court as evidence as Zimbardo suggested the behaviour was due to lack of authority, training and deindividualisation which ultimately resulted in lack of responsibility of the guards
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