The Lucifer Effect

The Lucifer Effect

Understanding How Good People Turn Evil

Book - 2007
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'The Lucifer Effect' examines how the human mind has the capacity to be infinitely caring or selfish, kind or cruel, creative or destructive, and the ways in which the goodness of humanity can be transformed into bestiality.
Publisher: Sydney : c2007
ISBN: 9781844135776
Branch Call Number: ANF 155.962 ZIMB
Characteristics: 551 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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AnarchyintheLC Oct 27, 2015

Most of this book provides a detailed description of the way the Stanford Prison Experiment was conducted in 1971, followed by reasons why understanding this experiment can help us understand other situations where seemingly good and normal people have behaved in cruel ways (such as at Abu Ghraib prison).

If, like me, you are fascinated by the SPE, an excellent documentary was released in 2015 (directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez) that reenacts the scenario using Zimbardo's original documentation. It is chilling to watch.

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