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Craig Haney Curtis Banks and Philip Zimbardio are all psychologists that had an idea or hypothesis about the conditions of the penile systems and how it had dehumanizing effects on the prisoners A great Russian novelist named Dostoevsky wrote about the years that he spent in a Siberian prison and the conditions and the actions he encountered In his book he said if a man could survive the horrors of prison life he must surely be a creature who could withstand anything Keeping this in mind the three psychologists created an experiment that would make it easier for them to observe behavior as well as emotional attitudinal and cognitive reactions that occurred in prison Instead of going to a prison for observation they created a mock prison like environment witch included guards and prisoners Their goal being to find the reason for the conditions whether they are the actions of the guards or both combined If one was to blame the guards they could say it was because they were sadistic uneducated and insensitive It is their mentality that brings in the negative traits and creates the situations If one wanted to blame it on the prisoners they could say that it expected from the inmates because of their background history They already have a tendency to disregard the law and are impulsive and aggressive Since they can not function in society then they are not able to function in a prison either That is why they have met force with force and it is why they have had numerous violent encounters that the public should expect In their experiment the subjects chosen were all characterized as normal and were observed when divided into their roles I believe this is a good experiment because it is unknown to the outside world why prisons are the way they are and why noting is done to change things I think that with the results of this experiment
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