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

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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.

Guests:

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

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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?