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English 101-02December 5 1996A Critique Of the Stanford Experiment The Education of a Torturer is an account of experiments that has similar resultsto that of Milgrams obedience experimentsthat were performed in 1963 Though bothexperiments vary drastically both have one grim outcome that is that it is ordinarypeople not psychopaths who become the Eichmanns of history The Stanford experiment was performed by psychologists Craig Haney W CurtisBanks and Philip Zimbardo Their goal was to find out if ordinary people could becomeabusive if given the power to do so The results of the six day experiment are chilling Theexperiment took ordinary college students and had some agree to be prisoners and the restwould be guards for the prisoners Both groups received no training on what to do or actlike They had to get all of their knowledge of what to do from outside sources such astelevision and movies The guards were given uniforms and night sticks and told to actlike an ordinary guard would The prisoners were treated like normal criminals Theywere finger printed and booked after that they were told to put on prison uniforms andthen they were thrown into the slammer in this case a simulated cellblock in thebasement was used All of the participants in this experiment at first were thought to besimilar in behavior but after one week all of that changed The prisoners becamepassive dependent and helpless The guards on the other hand were the exactopposite They became aggressive and abusive within the prison insulting and bullyingthe prisoners After the experiment was finished many of the mock guards said that they enjoyedthe power Others said that they had no idea that they were capable of being so corrupt The experimenter was shocked at the results as well saying It was degradingTo methose things are sick But they the prisoners did everything I said They abused eachother because I requested them to No one questioned my authority at allI have a hard time
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