Interpersonal Dynamics in a Simulated Prison

  title={Interpersonal Dynamics in a Simulated Prison},
  author={C. Haney and Curtis Banks and P. Zimbardo},
  • C. Haney, Curtis Banks, P. Zimbardo
  • Published 1972
  • Psychology
  • Abstract : Interpersonal dynamics in a prison environment were studied experimentally by designing a functional simulation of a prison in which subjects role-played prisoners and guards for an extended period of time. To assess the power of the social forces on the emergent behavior in this situation, alternative explanations in terms of pre-existing dispositions were eliminated through subject selection. Many of the subjects ceased distinguishing between prison role and their prior self… CONTINUE READING
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