It was 46 years ago that psychologist Philp Zimbardo conducted one of the most important social experiments of our time — the
Whenever I encounter a systems problem dressed up as individual failing, I look for patterns in the collective situation. In this case, I browsed my library of Fortune magazines running back 30 years. But I didn't need to go back that far.
When it comes to research into human behavior in groups, one of the most notable, foundational studies is the 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment. While it was scheduled to last longer, the experiment was cut short after six days when the guards began to abuse the prisoners.
What is special about the The Stanford Prison Experiment movie is the way it enables viewers to look through the observation window as if they were part of the prison staff watching this remarkable drama slowly unfold, and simultaneously observe those observers as well.
Are We All Potentially Evil?: A New Dramatic Film Based on the Stanford Prison Experiment Reveals Why Good People Turn Bad
Unlike most filmic reenactments of real-life events in which considerable poetic license is taken to punch up the drama, none is needed for this film because the subjects themselves produced enough gravitas to keep the narrative arc moving toward its shattering conclusion.
Back in 1971, Dr. Philip Zimbardo conducted the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment, in which he put young students in a
"Present-oriented people are primed to be addicted to anything, because once they do it and it's good, they can't not do