Thursday, February 24, 2005

The Stanford Prison Experiment: A Simulation Study of the Psychology of Imprisonment

The Stanford Prison Experiment: A Simulation Study of the Psychology of Imprisonment

Not sure what kind of omen this is, but for my first link blog, I google experiment and use the I Feel Lucky Option and get good old Phillip Zimbardo's Stanford Prison Experiment. For those who don't remember or didn't take intro psych this study demonstrates the power of roles to affect individuals behavior. Zimbardo placed college kids in either the role of prisoner or guard and within days saw tremendous behavioral and emotional transformations. I was (and many others were) reminded of this experiment when the atrocities at Abu Ghraib were made public.

So, it's a bit darkish, but overall I think a fine start to my own experiment. Something a little different, a little bit topical (well not really that topical, but for someone starting a blog in 2005, meh), and something I know a ton about, find fascinating, and worth sharing with friends and strangers.


ryanscofield said...

awesome. i get to be the first to leave a comment. sweet.

don. i think this is a fine idea. i'll definitely try to check in regularly. what with everyone decentralizing relationships these days, it seems like a blog is a great way to keep conversations going. much better than back and forth emails.

rock on. and also...


Mary Mary said...

What a cool idea, Don. The Stanford Prison Experiment was particularly interesting to me, since I recently started teaching at an inner city middle school and find myself in the role of oppressor and the students rebelling against this white woman representing the "system." Thanks for including me.

Phenonemom said...

Hi Don! What are the chances? A social psych study as your first hit? Well, I'll be... Happy birthday, friend! Sorry I'm slow to keep up with e-mail - maybe this will be easier!

experiment33 said...

Ryan, great to hear from you. I'm still recovering from the NFL, not caught up on the ncaa just yet.

Mary Mary is "The Man". I'm afraid Janet and I are enjoying a laugh at your expense. How I wish you really were the "system".

phenonemom - great name, great to hear from you, send an email and let me know what email you're using now (I figure you might not be checking the mu addy anymore?). I want to update you on our last e-conversation.