Comparing The Stanford University And Tearoom Trade Experiments

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The Stanford University prison and Tearoom Trade experiments are both extremely interesting because not only does contain criminal justice content, but psychological and historical context as well. In both experiments the subjects had different, but fascinating reactions to their ethical treatment. Experiments are created for observation and to receive results so the observers are able to gather knowledge about the analysis they come to. Experiments help people better understand how certain things work in certain circumstances. The Stanford University and Tearoom Trade experiments are both helpful in making sense of how people react under certain ethical circumstances. Almost three decades ago, a psychologist Philip Zimbardo enlightened society on the power of group behavior in dramatic fashion. He created the Stanford Prison experiment where he randomly selected some Stanford University undergraduate students to act as ‘guards’ and other students to act as ‘inmates’ in an artificial prison environment. (Larry K. Gaines, 2015, p. 43) One August morning in Palo Alto,…show more content…
The men arrested for the violation were some of those who had previously signed up for the experiment through a newspaper ad. The main reason for this experiment was to see what the behavioral and psychological effects of becoming a prisoner or prison guard were. The psychologist set up a simulation prison in the psychology department of Stanford University to observe the experiment. All the men were healthy, intelligent, middle-class college males that were divided into two groups, half assuming the roles of prisoners and the other half, guards. Upon entry into the prison the prisoners are treated much like real inmates, they

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