As prisoners of no power, prisoners and prisons (which can extend to social structures similar to prison situations), prisoners can only "respond" — this "response" can only be influenced by two options : Resistance or obedience. The former, brought the punishment; the latter led to the loss of autonomy and dignity. On the third day of the experiment, the "criminals" who began to believe that guards often said to them that they were really inferior and could not change the status (Zimbardo, 2000). In the "Stanford prison experiment", Dr. Zimbabwe witnessed a shocking situation: in a certain social context, good people will commit atrocities. The change in the character of this person is what he calls the "Lucifer effect" - God's most beloved
30: Lucifer Effect Paper
Prepare a 8-10 page book report on the Lucifer Effect. You are to apply what you’ve learned about Social Psychology throughout the paper—please cite your sources properly.
What is the book about and who is the author? Then, give an introduction for the book by giving an overview.
The Lucifer Effect is a book written by Philip Zimbardo, who is a famous psychologist and a professor emeritus of Stanford University. He was also known for the famous Stanford prison experiment…
The Lucifer Effect, a book based on the Stanford Prison Experiment conducted by Philip Zimbardo of Stanford University in 1971, he wanted to find what happens when good people are placed in a bad environment. He ensured that all his volunteered participants were screened with no criminal, medical, or psychological history problems, before randomly assigning participant to their role of prison guard and prisoners. His experiment explains how the inner nature of a person, the situation, and the higher-order…
they thought it was the right thing to do. In the book The Lucifer Effect by Philip Zimbardo he studies the psychological motives of humans and situational personalities. Zimbardo produced an experiment called the “Stanford prison experiment” which put one group of students as guards and another as the prisoners. The main point of the experiment was to watch the prisoners and see how they reacted to being detained; however, when the experiment was conducted it was the guards who were more interesting…
Q 1. Critique the power of organizations from Weberian and Goffmanesque perspectives in the Stanford Prison
This document briefly reviews and critiques the ideas of Weber and Goffman in applying them to the Standard Prison Experiment.
Weber identified the significance of bureaucracy within organizations. Within the bureaucratic organization there is a stratification of hierarchy where the legal legitimate authority is invested in individuals who exercise command on the basis of rules and…
October 4, 2012
Searching for the Cause of Evil
In the book ''The Lucifer Effect" the author Phillip Zimbardo(Ph.D in psychology from Yale University and professor emeritus at Stanford University)asks the question "Is it possible for angels to become devils?"(pg1) or, in other words, is it possible that good men and women can become evil? Through out the text he gives examples of groups in Asia, Africa, Germany…
disinhibition effect” (491). In a community of strangers, each opinion matters as much as the last. Anonymity breeds equality between all social classes and awards validity to all ideas in themselves, regardless of who put them forth. The downside of this, As Vanderbilt Points out, is that by removing social distinctions, we also remove behavioral obligations. Who cares if you hurt Juicyfruit317’s feelings? When each person is as important as the next, there is “little…
The Lucifer Effect: Within
5 December 2011
The Lucifer Effect: Within
“1. We are totally free. That is, we are not determined by heredity or environment.
2. Since there is no God to define our being, we must define our essence.
3. We are completely responsible for our actions and we are responsible for prescribing a moral philosophy for everyone else too. We create our morality.
4. Because of the death of God and the human predicament, which leaves…
involved participants to decide which of the 3 comparison lines of different length, matched a single line. The experiment consisted of 123 male students from Swarthmore College in USA. There was an obvious answer and the participants would be sat amongst 4 to 6 confederates and would be sat in either seat 5 or 6 around a table. The participants would give the correct answer but as the experiment went on, the confederates began to start choosing the wrong answers to see if the participants would conform…