The Stanford Prison Experiment, conducted in 1971 by psychologist Philip Zimbardo, placed college students in make-believe roles of prisoner and guard, beginning with realistic arrests carried out by the local police. The experiment went on for several days, during which the guards became increasingly abusive, and the prisoners increasing submissive, in a manner reminiscent of humiliation-based “reality TV” shows — only more extreme. The experiment was terminated early, after 6 days, for this reason.
Dilemma 3 in 101 Ethical Dilemmas by Martin Cohen.
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