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Psychology, Fifth Edition by Joni E. Johnston

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CHAPTER16

Conform to the Norm

In This Chapter

  • Discover what a bad situation can make you do
  • Find out how far we’ll follow the leader
  • The three R’s of social psychology
  • Get help when you need it
  • Some attributes we all share
  • Meet the spin-doctor within

How would you feel if you had to go to prison? Would being an inmate change you? Or could you rise above the circumstances? Phillip Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment suggests the answer may surprise you.

Here’s what went down. Law-abiding, emotionally stable, and physically healthy college students were randomly assigned the role of either inmate or guard to live in a simulated prison for 14 ...

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