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The Stanford Prison Experiment (SPE)

Zimbardo in 1973 designed experiment to show the results of
dispositional (personality) vs. Situational (environment).
His aim was `How ordinary people behave if placed in a prison
If the guards and prisoners are nonaggressive it means that
dispositional was the main factor.
But if…

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In real life a prison guard is likely to adapt the role to suit their
personal beliefs.
Guards claimed that they had simply been acting a role. So it's
lacking validity.
30% were cruel & tough guards, 50% were tough but fair
guards and 20% were good guards.
The results…


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