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  • 1. Conformity to social roles<br />Year 12 psychology<br />
  • 2. Lesson objective<br />To explore conformity to social roles<br />MUST: Be able to explain Zimbardo’s experiment<br />SHOULD: Be able to identify criticisms for A02 points<br />COULD: Compare it with other conformity studies such as Asch and Moscovici<br />
  • 3. We are learning about conformity...<br />What studies have we looked at already to do with conformity?<br />What details can you remember about them?<br />
  • 4. Dr. Philip Zimbardo<br />The Stanford Prison study (1973) – conformity to social roles<br />
  • 5. Procedures<br />25 male volunteers<br />Study into ‘prison life’<br />Healthy<br />Randomly allocated to ‘prisoner’ or ‘guard’<br />Local police recruited<br />Blindfolded<br />Stanford University, California<br />Sprayed with disinfectant <br />
  • 6. Procedures<br />Given numbers to memorize<br />Referred to by number and supervised all the time<br />Given work shifts<br />Lined up to be counted<br />The guards wore khaki shirts and trousers, dark glasses and carried wooden batons<br />
  • 7. Procedures<br />The guards were allowed to make up the rules<br />
  • 8. Results<br />The guards took to their roles with such zeal that the study had to be discontinued after six days<br />Some prisoners exhibited passive behaviour, depression, crying and anxiety<br />
  • 9. How might you criticise Zimbardo?<br />Didn’t give informed consent<br />Humiliated<br />Ends do not justify the means (Savin, 1973)<br />Zimbardo responded:<br />Spoke to participants<br />Longitudinal care<br />Made people uneasy<br />
  • 10. What exactly happened in the prison?<br />
  • 11. Have there been any studies since into the same thing?<br />
  • 12. How does this compare to Asch and Moscovici?<br />
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