Zimbardo's Research

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  • Created on: 16-06-18 12:48
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  • Zimbardo research
    • Stanford prison experiment (SPE)
      • procedure
        • volunteer sample of students
          • psychological testing
        • ppts randomly assigned
        • social roles strictly divided
          • police told they had complete power
      • findings
        • 'the power of the situation'
        • all conformed to social roles
        • police became more brutal
        • Prisoners became subdued
    • Strengths
      • Highly controlled
        • lab experiment
        • randomly assigned
          • avoids effect of individual differences
        • high internal validity
    • Limitations
      • Dispositional factors
        • Fromm
          • Zimbardo exaggerated the role of the situation
          • personality is a bigger factor
        • 1/3 guards were brutal
          • another 1/3 were fair
        • could still exercise what is wrong or right
      • ethical issues
        • 1 student wanted to leave
          • Zimbardo acted like a superintendent
            • limited his ability to protect them from harm
        • lack of fully informed consent

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