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Please watch the short documentary "The Stanford Prison Experiment" and answer the following questions:

Why did this abuse occur?
How was the “guards” identity and behavior influenced by their role?
Why did the good guards do nothing?
Can this happen in real life?
What does this experiment teach us about criminal justice system?
How can people in power prevent this type of behavior?

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The abuse occurred was primarily due to a request by the experimenter (Professor Zimbardo). As such, he had told the guards to treat the prisoners with cruelty, but in the absence of physical abuse. All this was in an attempt to test the notion that the personality attributions of "correctional officers" and "prisoners" are the principal cause of abusive behavior in a confinement facility (TheAnswerto1984is, 2011). Based on the video, the “guards” identity and behavior were influenced by their roles....

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