The Stanford Prison Experiment

Review: The Stanford Prison Experiment

POSTED BY ON FRI, JUL 24, 2015 AT 2:47 PM

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The real-life events depicted in director Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s The Stanford Prison Experiment are familiar to just about anyone who took an introductory psychology course in college. In the summer of 1971, a group of 24 male college students participating in an academic study were randomly assigned roles as guards or inmates in a mock prison on a nearly empty Stanford University campus. What happened over the next several days spoke volumes about human nature and has remained a source of controversy and debate for more than four decades.

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