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The psychology of the Stanford prison experiment

A recent film by Kyle Patrick Alvarez tells the story of the Stanford prison experiment of 1971, in which twenty-four students became guards and inmates of a mock prison to demonstrate how prison affects us psychologically, regardless of which side of the bars we're on. Designed to test whether non-criminal humans would naturally abuse power, given the opportunity, the experiment attracted its fair share of critics.

But how accurate is the film in its reflection of Zimbardo's findings? We spoke to psychologist Dr. Lisa Williams to find out more about the psychology underpinning the Stanford prison experiment.   

Producer: Caroline Wagner

Last modified on Thursday, 23 July 2015 11:03

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