Dr Philip Zimbardo – The Stanford Prison Experiment

Professor Philip Zimbardo is a American Psychologist and Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, famous for being the creator of the legendary Stanford Prison Experiment.

He has spent the past 50 years teaching and studying psychology, and run the non-profit organisation, the Heroic Imagination Project, which teaches people to make heroic choices in their everyday lives.

He has written over 600 publications and 60 books including The Lucifer Effect – How Good People Turn Evil and Shyness: What It Is, What To Do About It.

Chapters:
00:00 Trailer.
03:34 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
06:07 Brian’s introduction.
07:02 Why Philip Zimbardo and Christina Maslach visit London biennually.
08:46 Philip’s background and early life.
16:55 What Stanley Milgram’s electric shock experiments revealed about human nature.
29:29 Stanley’s experiment was considered the only unethical experiment, until Philip’s.
32:46 Philip’s prison experiment and its later connection to Abu Ghraib.
42:10 Why behaviour deteriorates so quickly and becomes sexual.
49:59 Philip’s role in the experiment, why and when he stopped the experiment.
1:01:51 Would the same thing happen today, and what would happen using only female participants.
1:04:09 The gradual slippery slope towards evil, as was seen in Nazi Germany.
1:05:49 The current horrific rise of right wing political movements in Hungary, Turkey, Italy, Trump, Putin.
1:06:16 Philip’s view on who is attracted to right wing, national isolationist opinion and why.
1:09:09 The fall-out and aftermath of the prison experiment.
1:12:19 Looking back on the experiment do some hate him for it?
1:13:41 The shocking images from Abu Ghraib prison of guards’ torture and abuse of prisoners.
1:25:21 Situation can corrupt almost all of us. Self-knowledge is the main protection against going to the dark side.
1:27:53 The current state of male masculinity depresses him. He is sounding the alarm.
1:37:24 What is driving Philip.
1:41:38 What keeps Philip awake at night.
1:46:46 Success secrets.
1:47:42 Best advice ever received.
1:49:48 Advice to the 20-year old watching.
1:51:37 Brian’s summing up.

Notes:
Philip Zimbardo website
http://www.zimbardo.com/
Philip Zimbardo on Twitter
https://twitter.com/philzimbardo?lang=en
The Heroic Imagination Project
https://www.heroicimagination.org/
The Heroic Imagination Project London
https://www.facebook.com/HeroicImaginationProject/videos/10154649012834229/
Philip Zimbardo on Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Zimbardo
Philip Zimbardo on Wikiquote
https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Philip_Zimbardo

Books:
Man Interrupted: Why Young Men Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Man-Interrupted-Young-Struggling-about/dp/1573246891
Man Disconnected: How technology has sabotaged what it means to be male
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Man-Disconnected-technology-sabotaged-means/dp/1846044847
The Time Paradox: The New Psychology of Time That Will Change Your Life
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Time-Paradox-Psychology-That-Change/dp/1416541993
The Lucifer Effect: How Good People Turn into Evil
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lucifer-Effect-Good-People-Turn/dp/1846041031
Shyness: What It Is and What To Do About It
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shyness-What-Do-About/dp/0201550180

Topics discussed:
Stanford prison experiment
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_prison_experiment
Philip Zimbardo TED talks
https://www.ted.com/talks/philip_zimbardo_on_the_psychology_of_evil
https://www.ted.com/talks/zimchallenge
Stanford University
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_University
The Mothership Cara Flanagan
http://caraflanagan.co.uk/category/conferences
Sicily
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sicily
The Bronx
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bronx
March 14, 1891, lynchings
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/March_14,_1891,_lynchings
Milgram experiment
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milgram_experiment
Obience (1962 documentary)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2872270/
Yale University
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yale_University
The Grateful Dead
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grateful_Dead
Summer of Love
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summer_of_Love
San Quentin State Prison
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Quentin_State_Prison
Attica Prison riot
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attica_Prison_riot
Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Ghraib_torture_and_prisoner_abuse
Shock and awe
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shock_and_awe
Me Too movement
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Me_Too_movement
The Psychology of Time Perception
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Psychology-Time-Perception-John-Wearden/dp/1137408820

People mentioned in this episode:
Christina Maslach
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christina_Maslach
Stanley Milgram
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Milgram
Jerry Garcia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Garcia
Clint Eastwood
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clint_Eastwood
Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Ghraib_torture_and_prisoner_abuse
Elliot Aronson
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elliot_Aronson
Viktor Orbán
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viktor_Orb%C3%A1n
Donald Trump
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump
George Jackson
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Jackson_(activist)
George W Bush
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_W._Bush
Ivan ‘Chip’ Frederick
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_Frederick
Joe Darby
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Darby
Harvey Weinstein
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_Weinstein
Matt Lauer
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Lauer

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Santiago Alejandro Pinzon
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Can’t believe the quality of the people in this show and of the interview! Thank you for this

Christian Roith
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Good Interview with a great message ” Don’t fall for the nonsense of everyday must be a 24h ride of pure joy, happiness and everything is positive. Be aware of the influence which surrounds us every second with a massive impact on our daily lives.
Thank LondonReal!

joneschris091903
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joneschris091903

Is there a way I can download the videos from the site so I can watch when I am away?

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Jenny Mayola

We don’t have an option to download, but you can definitely watch it on demand from our website! 😉

tsoydima86
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tsoydima86

my favorite episode by far, Dr. Zimbardo is a living legend, great interview

Rob
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Coming soon – I hesitate to comment – JDL – smh

Macdonald
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Although very long it’s enlightening the fact that the good can easily turn into evil and that a lot if what people do is because they obey

CAY1
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CAY1

I could watch Dr. Z for hours. He’s a wealth of wisdom, and at the rate he’s going (barely looks 70 at the age of 85!) he may well be immortal! I would be happy to hear him speak more on the fallout from video game and porn addiction and what solutions he proposes. To me, he’s the epitome of real masculinity, which is not to say he’s macho. He is energetic, intelligent, fair, caring and gentle.

Derrick
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This is completely unrelated to the interview (which was great as usual), but are you guys aware that the Android app has not been working properly? I’d love to have the convenience of watching these interviews on my phone, but the App never loads any videos. At first, I thought I was the only one experiencing this, but there have been several negative reviews on the Android app because of this. I apologize if this is not the appropriate place to voice a complaint.

arashthoughts512
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arashthoughts512

Great knowledge and insight in the human mind and power

Matheo Galatis
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I want to add something about what Dr Z shared about boys growing up without a father based on my own client case studies. Boys are not getting the “father / masculine” side of their upbringing and very likely growing up weak with low discipline. In order to compensate for this, I have found that many mothers unconsciously take on the father role and bare the weight of playing the masculine and the feminine role for their kids. Thereby become more masculine dominant and cause them to feel like they are doing it all alone, overburden and eventually burn out.… Read more »

Jan Welroos
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pretty high static on the microphone occasionally

Alex
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The audio is out of synch with video

Jenny Mayola
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Jenny Mayola

Which part Alex?