Can you argue that in Zimbardo's Stanford prison experiment the "prisoners" took the amount of violence because they thought they might not get the money?

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It states that the participants were promised money for participating, so therefore could we say that the "prisoners" took the amount of violence and didnt stand up for themselves to just get the money at the end of the study?

Posted Sat 2nd June, 2012 @ 16:00 by Amy :)

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I don't think they would have thought they wouldn't get the money, but you could say they felt obliged to continue to participate because they were getting paid.

One of the problems with the study is that when one of them said they wanted to leave, Zimbardo didn't let that participant go straight away. This participant went on to tell eveyone else Zimbardo said that they couldn't leave, so they thought they didn't have any option but to take the abuse.

Answered Sat 2nd June, 2012 @ 16:54 by Lauren