November 26, 2012

Rethinking the Stanford Prison Experiment

Tom Jacobs, Pacific Standard


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They are among the most famous of all psychological studies, and together they paint a dark portrait of human nature. Widely disseminated in the media, they spread the belief that people are prone to blindly follow authority figures—and will quickly become cruel and abusive when placed in positions of power.

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TAGGED: Authority, Psychology, Obedience, Prison, Milgram Experiment

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