Article Correctness Is Author's Responsibility: Doing ill for ‘the greater good’: Understanding what really went on in the Stanford Prison Experiment

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Just about every highschool and college psychology textbook offers extensive coverage of Zimbardo's Stanford Prison Experiment (SPE). The meaning of the SPE seemed obvious — that when given roles with power , people naturally become brutal tyrants. This message has had lasting influence, not only in psychology but in the world at large. However, after researchers have recently gained access to the SPE archives, it has come to light that much of what we thought we knew about the study is inaccurate. We asked three experts to weigh in on these recent events, and the resulting discussion is one...