Story Questions Conclusions of ‘Seminal’ Prisoner Abuse Study

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The conclusions drawn from a 1971 role-playing study of prison psychology, considered a seminal experiment into the nature of evil, are being called into question, reports the Los Angeles Times. The government-funded study at Stanford University made a psychology star of Philip Zimbardo, the professor who led the research. He concluded there was something inherent in the social structure of prison – powerful guards and powerless inmates – that could make ordinary people do evil things. The study is . . .

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