If you haven’t heard of Phil Zambardo and the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment, you soon will. Science World Report gets us started:
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In 1971, 24 college students from Stanford University willingly participated in one of the most revealing yet controversial psychological experiment of all time – The Stanford Prison Experiment. The experiment demonstrated how the behavior of decent ordinary people could be altered – how a “perfect storm” of certain factors can serve to manifest humanity’s darker impulses.
Today, 44 years since the experiment first took place, a new movie on the study is hitting the big screen beginning July, 17. The drama stars Billy Crudup of “Almost Famous,” as the lead investigator, Philip Zimbardo. (A German movie was also made about the study in 2001, and a 2010 take starred Forest Whitaker and Adrien Brody.)
Zimbardo noted how the idea for the experiment had initially come from earlier research done by his high-school classmate, Stanley Milgram.