Thursday, May 13, 2004

Not Just a Post-Grunge Band

I hadn't confronted Phil Zimbardo's Stanford Prison Experiment since social psychology class years ago, and didn't read much more about it than I needed for the test. The recent Iraqi prision problems led me to consider it again. Looking at it now, there's a lot of depth to this story of this famous experiment, and I give Zimbardo credit for reporting this experiment in a straightforward, factual way. He's willing to discuss his own mistakes in the experiment, and does not suggest social or political conclusions. The account on Zimbardo's site is rather long (about 50 slideshow pages with a few paragraphs of text each), but it is worthwhile to read from start to finish.


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