FRHD 3150 Lecture Notes - Random Assignment

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Published on 19 Apr 2013
School
University of Guelph
Department
Family Relations and Human Development
Course
FRHD 3150
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February 26, 2013 (film)- Zimbardo
FRHD 3150
Midterm 2 is non cumulative
Exam is cumulative
Film "Standford Prison experiment"
o Was supposed to run for 2 weeks but had to end it after 6 days
o To study psychological consequences of being a prisoner and guards
o 1971
o Basement of psychology building
o Placed ad in newspaper
o $15 a day
o Over 70 people applied
o Given tests to rule out people with psychological issues, drug use, etc…
o No psychological differences between prisoners and guards at beginning of the student
o Guards couldn't in any way hit the prisoners but can create sense of boredom, create sense
that their life is totally controlled by guards; no privacy
o Take the prisoners from their house in squad car
Neighbours didn't know the experiment was occurring
o All the same uniform (dress type shirt and rubber shower shoes and chain around their ankle)
Numbers on the uniform
Degrading outfit
Prisoner said they took it too seriously
Just looked at it as a job
o Blindfolded them
o Guards told to routinely do counts of prisoners
Opportunity to assert authority over prisoners
o Rebellion on day 2
Prisoners began to taunt guards
Baraccaded themselves into the cell
Removed their clothes and removed their beds
Leaders of the rebellion
One had his feet chained together
Other was thrown into hall
o Prisoners who were least involved in rebellion were put in privilege cell (were allowed a
special meal while others washed but they refused to eat it)
o Jumping jacks to punish prisoners
o More strip searches
o Going to the washroom was a privilege; sometimes they had to go in a bucket and weren't
allowed to empty them until morning
o One of the leaders of rebellion started feeling like it was becoming too much for him
Complaining of stomach pains and headaches
Superintendent (Zimbardo) offered him a deal--> he had to be a snitch
He said none of them could out--> made them feel like they were really prisoners
o Told they couldn't quit
Felt totally helpless
o One decided that he would get out by turning into a crazy person (was released after 36 hours
into experiment) (is now a prison psychologist)
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Neighbours didn"t know the experiment was occurring: all the same uniform (dress type shirt and rubber shower shoes and chain around their ankle) Prisoner said they took it too seriously. Just looked at it as a job: blindfolded them, guards told to routinely do counts of prisoners. Opportunity to assert authority over prisoners: rebellion on day 2. Removed their clothes and removed their beds. Other was thrown into hall: prisoners who were least involved in rebellion were put in privilege cell (were allowed a special meal while others washed but they refused to eat it) He said none of them could out--> made them feel like they were really prisoners. Superintendent (zimbardo) offered him a deal--> he had to be a snitch: told they couldn"t quit. Felt totally helpless: one decided that he would get out by turning into a crazy person (was released after 36 hours into experiment) (is now a prison psychologist)

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