Coverage of the Stanford Prison Experiment in Introductory Social Psychology Textbooks

  title={Coverage of the Stanford Prison Experiment in Introductory Social Psychology Textbooks},
  author={Richard A. Griggs and George I. Iii Whitehead},
  journal={Teaching of Psychology},
  pages={318 - 324}
This study is concerned with the nature of the coverage in introductory social psychology textbooks of the Stanford prison experiment (SPE), given the many criticisms, especially recently, of the SPE. These criticisms concern both the study’s methodology and the situationist explanation of the outcome. Ten textbooks were analyzed for coverage of the SPE and its ensuing criticisms. Coverage of the SPE was found to be slightly less than that in introductory psychology textbooks, and the majority… 
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