Reicher and Haslam (BBC prison study)

Just added a summary of this study on

It’s not the best summary ever written as it is difficult to do justice to such an influential 40 page experimental case study. I would like to delete a few bits to make it shorter and easier to read but would also like to add more about the quantitative data collected and add a bit more evaluation too. A work in progress I suppose.

Whilst perusing Reicher and Haslam’s excellent site for the BBC Experiment I noticed that the Open University have some superb social psychology videos online. Have a look at the video of the BBC experiment with a great commentary from Professor Alex Haslam. Hopefully you will also see Alex’s genuine enthusiasm for social psychology as I did recently when I had the opportunity to chat with him in Exeter.

It is also great to discover that In September 2009, work on the BBC Prison Study received the British Psychology Society’s Annual Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award recognized “the influence the study has had on the social psychology curriculum and [the researchers’] commitment to supporting psychology teachers”.

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2 Responses to “Reicher and Haslam (BBC prison study)”

  1. Ben Clinch November 14, 2009 at 7:57 pm #

    Fascinating! Thanks for this Mark and what a superb resource the OU videos are too.

    I was going to mention about Dr. Zimbardo but noticed the film on his experiments too.

  2. psicologos en salamanca July 28, 2010 at 5:25 pm #

    Nice to read this post. Thank you for sharing it

    Salamanca, Spain

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