Stanford Prison Experiment

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An experiment conducted in 1971 by Dr. Philip Zimbardo, Ph.D., at Stanford University, in which 24 undergraduates were randomly selected to play the roles of either guards or prisoners and live in a mock prison in the basement of the psychology building
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Notably, whilst the Zimbardo experiment was characterised by the student guards going too far - becoming authoritarian - the guards in The Experiment are bending over themselves trying to be reasonable and nice.
He then flips to the interrogator's side of the experience, pointing out that interrogators rarely enjoy torturing and often suffer psychiatric impacts themselves, and discussing the famous Milgram and Zimbardo experiments as a basis for understanding why the practice nonetheless continues.