Conformity to social roles

Zimbardo prison experiment
Male student volunteers, 24 most stable selected to take part, prisoners given ID numbers. Allocated certain rights, meal and toilet trips. Planned to last two weeks.
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Findings of Zimbardo prison experiment
Guards became violent towards prisoners. Both guards and prisoners conformed to their social roles. Terminated at 6 days.
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BBC prison study
Assigned men to role of guard or prisoner. 15 male participants divided into 5 groups of 3 based on personality. One person randomly chosen to be guard.
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Findings of BBC prison study
Did not conform automatically to assigned roles. Guards failed to identify with their role which caused a shift of power and collapse of the prisoner-guard system.
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Evaluation for conformity to social roles
Conformity not automatic, guards chose how to behave rather than blindly conforming to their social roles. Demand characteristics, in experimental situation itself. Ethical? Zimbado study followed ethical guidelines but participants still suffered.
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Social roles
The behaviours expected of an individual who occupies a given social position or status.
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Guards became violent towards prisoners. Both guards and prisoners conformed to their social roles. Terminated at 6 days.

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Findings of Zimbardo prison experiment

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Assigned men to role of guard or prisoner. 15 male participants divided into 5 groups of 3 based on personality. One person randomly chosen to be guard.

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Did not conform automatically to assigned roles. Guards failed to identify with their role which caused a shift of power and collapse of the prisoner-guard system.

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Conformity not automatic, guards chose how to behave rather than blindly conforming to their social roles. Demand characteristics, in experimental situation itself. Ethical? Zimbado study followed ethical guidelines but participants still suffered.

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