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ERIC Number: EJ115205
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Publication Date: 1975
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Interpersonal Dynamics in a Simulated Prison: A Methodological Analysis
Banuazizi, Ali; Movahedi, Siamak
American Psychologist, 30, 2, 152-160, Feb 75
A critical overview is presented of the Stanford Prison Experiment, conducted by Zimbardo and his coinvestigators in which they attempted a structural analysis of the problems of imprisonment. Key assumptions are questioned, primarily on methodological grounds, which casts doubts on the plausibility of the experimenters' final causal inferences. Empirical evidence is offered to elucidate some of the criticisms and to develop an alternative interpretation. (EH)
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