The quotations on the following pages have been selected to give an insight into some of the key points that have emerged from debate surrounding the BBC Prison Study. These may help stimulate class debate, or prove useful when writing essays or preparing for exams.
The first set of these quotations relate to Zimbardo's Stanford Prison Experiment and the various controversies this has fueled. The quotations on the subsequent pages relate first to the rationale and findings of the BBC Prison Study, and then to its broader implications for psychology and society.
A selection of these quotations can also be downloaded as a two-page pdf document here. This can be printed out for use as a class handout or as a study aid.