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The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015)

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Twenty-four male students out of seventy-five were selected to take on randomly assigned roles of prisoners and guards in a mock prison situated in the basement of the Stanford psychology building.

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Dr. Philip Zimbardo
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Christopher Archer
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Anthony Carroll
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Karl Vandy
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Paul Vogel
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John Lovett
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Gavin Lee / 3401
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Prisoner 416
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Daniel Culp / 8612
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Jerry Sherman / 5486
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Peter Mitchell / 819
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Jeff Jansen / 1037
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Mike Penny
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Jesse Fletcher
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Twenty-four male students out of seventy-five were selected to take on randomly assigned roles of prisoners and guards in a mock prison situated in the basement of the Stanford psychology building.

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They were given 2 weeks. It lasted 6 days.


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Rated R for language including abusive behavior and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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17 July 2015 (USA)  »

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Untitled Stanford Prison Experiment Project  »

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$37,514 (USA) (17 July 2015)

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$643,557 (USA) (18 September 2015)
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Acting pairs, Michael Angarano and Nicholas Braun, Ezra Miller and Johnny Simmons, Ki Hong Lee and Chris Sheffield, and Keir Gilchrist and Thomas Mann, have all been in a movie together prior to The Stanford Prison Experiment. Respectively, those movies are Sky High (and Red State), The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Maze Runner, and It's Kind of a Funny Story. See more »

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Daniel Culp: You have no right to fuck with my head!
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Fairly solid dramatization
2 January 2016 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

A simulation of a simulation, as anyone who's ever googled 'psychological experiments' is aware this dramatization covers the design and implementation of the mock prison experiment that proved people become abstracted through their social roles. The film captures a disturbing mood that's suggested in the reports, conveying both internal and external struggle of the subjects through intense facial close-ups, using the confined space of the set to convey back- breaking claustrophobia.Significance of the study aside I thought there was an interesting overlap with social theory ranging from Gramsci's hegemony to Goffman's total institutions and Foucault's panopticon.

Recommended for people who are interested in psychology or social theory.


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