Question #1: Visit the website www.prisonexp.org/psychology/2, which provides a slideshow of the Stanford Prison Experiment, run by Professor Philip Zimbardo. Move through the slide show by clicking on “Next Page” toward the bottom of each page, and watch the video clips embedded within the slide show.
Respond to the following questions. Label each part of your response a, b, and c.
a. In your opinion, to what extent was it ethical to do this study? In other words, how acceptable was it to trade the participants’ suffering for the knowledge gained by the research?
b. If you were the researcher in charge, would you have terminated the experiment earlier — and why or why not?
c. If you were a researcher responsible for carrying out the same experiment again but with minor modifications possible, what would you do differently?
Be sure to use specific examples from the slide show and video clips.
Required sources only:
• Chapters 8 and 7 in Earl Babbie, The Basics of Social Research, 6th ed. Wadsworth, 2014. ISBN 113359414X
Responses will consistently demonstrate that the learner is reading/viewing the source material, reading others’ posts, and reflecting upon all of these, through relevant responses. Responses will consistently draw on specific information from source material (e.g., videos, readings), using multiple specific, accurate, and relevant examples. Responses are well organized, with no run on paragraphs or stream of consciousness writing. Use full sentences with proper grammar and almost no spelling or punctuation mistakes. The tone of your response should reflect formal writing (e.g., no abbreviations that are better suited to informal texting, email, or IM).