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Applying Social Psychology to the Criminal Justice System.

Applying Social Psychology to the Criminal Justice System.

Use the attached readings and videos and answer only one (1) of the following questions (150 Words)

1. Compare the ethics of the two experiments, discuss each experiment (Milgrim and Zimbardo).  Though studies like these would never again be allowed, and would not be approved by an Institutional Review Board, is there anything you would like to test that would get at authority again that would benefit our understanding of human behavior in the modern context? 

2. In one of this week’s videos, Philip Zimbardo discusses the Milgram Obedience Experiment.  He notes that in the study, a dispositional orientation takes place, in that 65% of the studies’ participants (teachers) inflicted the highest level of voltage (pain) on the learners, versus what psychiatrists had estimated (1%).  Using concepts from our course text, discuss why you feel this number was so large.  If conducted today, what kind of obedience do you think Milgram would get and why?

3.  Given our understanding of how prison situations act on the mind of the individual (as demonstrated by the Zimbardo study), what recommendations or changes would you suggest for our nation’s prison environments? (In answering this, please be sure to note concepts from the sections of the chapter that directly discuss this).

Video 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdrKCilEhC0

Video 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8g1MJeHYlE0

Video 3: http://bit.ly/qwXOBD