ERIC Number: EJ1032897
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
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Coverage of the Stanford Prison Experiment in Introductory Psychology Textbooks
Griggs, Richard A.
Teaching of Psychology, v41 n3 p195-203 Jul 2014
Zimbardo's 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment (SPE), one of the most famous studies in psychology, is discussed in most introductory textbooks. The present study is concerned with the nature of this coverage, given that there have been myriad criticisms, especially recently, of the SPE. These criticisms concern both Zimbardo's situationist explanation of the outcome and the study's methodology, such as the presence of strong demand characteristics. Thirteen contemporary introductory textbooks were analyzed for their coverage of the SPE and the ensuing criticisms of it. Eleven of these texts discussed the SPE, but only six even mentioned any of the criticisms. Possible explanations for such coverage and a plan to incorporate more accurate coverage within the discussion of research methods are offered.
Descriptors: Textbook Content, Psychology, Experiments, Psychological Studies, Correctional Institutions, Criticism
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