Challenges of conducting research in prisons sidebar to the article study raises questions about psychological effects of solitary confinement by philip bulman marie garcia and jolene hernon prison is a self contained environment in which everyones activity is tightly regulated and monitored. Psychological research in prisons provides an impressive collection of accessible and informed chapters each highlighting the extent to which psychological theory and research can inform the work of practitioners and how practice can influence the direction of research. The research known as the stanford prison experiment has become a classic demonstration of situational power to influence individual attitudes values and behavior play either prisoners or guards in the simulated prison setting constructed in the basement of stanford universitys psychology department the prison setting was designed as . An unresolved issue is whether prison causes mental health problems or people with mental health problems are more likely to go to prison philosophise this psychology research by philosophers is robust and replicates better than other areas of psychology. Psychological research on imprisonment should be driven by a genuine concern for the people who live in prisons recognizing that they deserve the best that psychology has to offer rather than being mere research subjects for matters of academic interest p 482
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