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Your Call: What causes people to abuse power? A conversation with Dr. Philip Zimbardo


On the July 23rd edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the new feature film The Stanford Prison Experiment. 

In 1971, Stanford University professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo cast 24 student volunteers as prisoners and guards in a simulated jail to study the source of abusive behavior in the prison system. The results shocked the world, as participants went from students to sadists and submissive victims in just a few days. What does this experiment tell us about human nature? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.


Kyle Alvarez is director of The Stanford Prison Experiment.

Dr. Philip Zimbardo is a professor emeritus at Stanford University, who is best known for the classic psychological study the Stanford Prison Experiment.

Web resources:

Stanford Prison Experiment

Guardian: Simulating Stanford Prison Experiment carried risk of going too far

Washington Post: ‘I will light you up’: Texas officer threatened Sandra Bland with Taser during traffic stop

Houston Chronicle: Officials – Sandra Bland spoke of previous suicide attempt

NY Times: American Psychological Association Bolstered C.I.A.’s Torture Program, Report Says

 Independent: Maverick academic Philip Zimbardo says we’re all capable of evil. Is he right?