New website features
Since it was first launched in September 2008, the following features have been added to this website in response to requests from visitors. If there are any additional features that you would like to see added in future, please let us know.
Real World blog
Following suggestions from a number of users, from September 2010 our regular column in The Psychologist — The Real World — is now included on this site in the form of an on-line blog. Our hope is that this will be a useful resource that allows students to make connections between the range of issues addressed in the BBC Prison Study and events in society at large.
This page presents a table that provides summary details of key events in the study as they unfolded over time. This resource was developed in response to requests from teachers for material that provides an overview of our experimental interventions and their consequences. The table here is also downloadable, so that it can be used as a study aid for students.
These pages present a selection of useful quotations from a range of different sources. The first page presents quotes that provide some background to the BBC Prison Study, particularly as these relate to issues arising from the Stanford Prison Experiment. Quotations on the second page concern some of the study's key findings and conclusions. A third page presents quotations that relate to the broader relevance of our findings for psychology and society. Selected quotations are also downloadable as a two-page document that should serve as a useful resource for both teachers and students.
New DVD-based teaching resource
After The Experiment was first broadcast on television -- and especially once the BBC Prison Study was included in the A-level syllabus -- teachers and lecturers asked us to develop a short DVD that summarizes the study's key features and which can be shown to students in class in order to stimulate learning and debate. This page provides details of a 30-minute DVD that we developed for this purpose in collaboration with Online Classroom. This was released in early 2009 and contains a range of extra features in addition to the main presentation.