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About Philip Zimbardo

Psychologist and Stanford University professor who gained fame in the science community for his Stanford prison experiment. This experiment proved that abusive behavior in prison was not caused by inherent personality traits of prisoners and guards but by situational conditions.

Early life

He earned a Ph.D. from Yale University after graduating summa cum ladue from Brooklyn College in 1954.


He wrote the book The Lucifer Effect to discuss how good people do evil things.

Family of Philip Zimbardo

He was in a longtime relationship with Christina Maslach.

Close associates of Philip Zimbardo

He and Paul Erlich both became professors at Stanford University.

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