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The Stanford Prison Experiment

A group of college students become prisoners and guards in a controversial psychology experiment.


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One of the most controversial experiments in psychology was called The Stanford Prison Experiment, in 1971. In it, Professor Philip Zimbardo of Stanford University divided his students into two groups. One would be formed by prisoners. The other, by police officers. From there, he analyzed the behavior of people in groups based on acts of authoritarianism and violence. The result, in addition to influencing branches of psychology, became a movie in 2015 under the direction of director Kyle Patrick Alvarez (from 'C.O.G.'). Here, the filmmaker commands an interesting cast (Ezra Miller, Tye Sheridan, Billy Crudup) to talk about the backstage and the directions of the experiment. The great merit ends up being with the filmmaker's courage to provoke the case, accused of having been manipulated by Professor Zimbardo.



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In 1971, twenty-four male students are 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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