The Stanford Prison Experiment and its relevance today

The controversial experiment that made history

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13/07/20 | StarsInsider

LIFESTYLE Psychology

In 1973, an American psychologist named Dr. Philip Zimbardo carried out one of the most controversial experiments in history: the Stanford Prison Experiment.

Zimbardo and his team wanted to understand why there was such brutality between guards and prisoners in the American prison system. Were the guards who beat and tormented the prisoners simply sadistic people? Or did they become that way because of the environment and power dynamic? This question is particularly interesting today, as instances of police brutality continue to make news around the world.

Let's take a more in depth look at this experiment and its implications. Click through the following gallery to get started.


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