Revisiting the Stanford Prison Experiment: Could Participant Self-Selection Have Led to the Cruelty?

  title={Revisiting the Stanford Prison Experiment: Could Participant Self-Selection Have Led to the Cruelty?},
  author={Thomas J. Carnahan and Sam G McFarland},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={603 - 614}
The authors investigated whether students who selectively volunteer for a study of prison life possess dispositions associated with behaving abusively. Students were recruited for a psychological study of prison life using a virtually identical newspaper ad as used in the Stanford Prison Experiment (SPE; Haney, Banks & Zimbardo, 1973) or for a psychological study, an identical ad minus the words of prison life. Volunteers for the prison study scored significantly higher on measures of the abuse… 

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