the Zimbardo experimentThe experiment was conducted from August 14 to 20,1971 by a team of researchers led by psychology professor Philip Zimbardo at Stanford University.

  1. "…to find out why prisons are such nasty places. Was it because prisons are full of nasty people, or was it because prisons are such nasty environments that they make people nasty?"
  2. "'What we were unprepared for was the intensity of the change and the speed at which it happened."
  3. Conclusion: "there are specific situations so powerful that they can overwhelm our inherent predispositions."

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I've been aware of this since my undergraduate days, but not with that powerfully stated conclusion. Thanks.

Joan, do college-age students have, or are they still forming, predispositions?

I have a few predispositions that may be inherent, but l started college sixty six years ago.

Of course! The sad part is we start forming predispositions whether we attend an hour of higher ed or not! One of the great advantage of higher ed. is we challenge many of our predispositions in college, away from home. 

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