The Stanford Prison Experiment is a comprehensive overview of the simulation study of the psychology of imprisonment conducted at Stanford University in 1971 under Dr. Philip Zimbardo. It includes a slide show style format explaining the basic premise, experimental procedures, and basic results. Incorporated into the slide show presentation are video clips and discussion questions. It also includes an additional section of thought-provoking discussion questions, a section of related links that include relevant materials used in the study and that include materials relating to the broader topics of prison psychology and relevance to modern prison issues.
The learner will be able to accurately identify the purposes, procedures, findings, and conclusions of Zimbardo's Stanford Prison Experiment.
Target Student Population:
College students of any level taking an introductory or social psychology class.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Type of Material:
This case study includes text, images, video clips, discussion questions, and extensive links to related material.
This site can be used in class or as an assignment to illustrate basic social psychological principles and to foster discussion of the effects of role-playing on attitudes and the psychological mechanisms underlying human aggression.
Audio capability, RealPlayer, and Adobe Acrobat Reader are needed.
Evaluation and Observation
The Stanford Prison Experiment provides: 1. Comprehensive overview of this well-known social psychological experiment on imprisonment 2. Discussion questions designed to stimulate critical thinking 3. Additional material related to relevant present day issues and the broader topic of prison psychology
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The Stanford Prison Experiment provides an effective introduction and overview of prison psychology. The site incorporates video clips and thought-provoking discussion questions to further consideration and discussion of the subject.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is easy to navigate, self-contained, and well-organized.
Other Issues and Comments:
This site is nicely designed and effectively organized.