Jul 19, 2018
For decades, students have been taught about the Stanford Prison Experiment, in which volunteers were assigned as either “prisoners” or “guards” in a mock prison. The “guards” in this scenario allegedly became abusive and controlling toward the “prisoners,” thus it was concluded that average people, given power and control, would turn to such negative behavior. But was this a legitimate experiment? New evidence reveals that there was a lot more going on behind the scenes than was originally reported. Listen as we discuss the origin of the experiment, the controversy surrounding it, and what (if anything) we can actually learn from it.
[1:34] What was the Stanford Prison Experiment?
[5:00] What’s the new controversy about?
[11:37] Why weren’t these issues discovered earlier?
[14:39] What can we really learn from the experiment?
[16:35] Why were the claimed results so easily accepted?
[25:20] Should the Stanford Prison Experiment still be taught?