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As the semester comes to an end, it is now finals time on the UIndy campus. As part of my Psychology class and our final exam we are to pick out one person that we had read or learned about throughout the semester. The person I am choosing to do a brief biography on and his contributions to psychology is a gentleman named, Philip Zimbardo. The main reason I chose to write about Zimbardo is because of his Stanford Prison Simulation experiment. This experiment not only shocked me but truly captivated me as I read about it. First let’s start with the beginning, being when and where Zimbardo was born. Zimbardo was born March 23, 1993 in the Bronx in New York City, NY. Zimbardo was from a Sicilian family. He grew up in his home city, The Bronx. Zimbardo was the first to go to college. He completed his Bachelor degree triple majoring in psychology, sociology, and anthropology from Brooklyn College in 1954. After this completion he completed his Master’s degree in 1955 and a Ph.D. in 1959 in Psychology from Yale University. After completing school he began to teach at Yale University for just the short duration of 1959 to 1960. Then from 1960 up until 1967 he became a professor Psychology at New York University. Next after teaching at New York University he went on to Columbia University from 1967 to 1968, and then finally joined Stanford University in 1968. Zimbardo has contributed to psychology in major ways. One of the most important ways that he has contributed was by doing an experiment called the Stanford Prison Simulation. He and his colleagues started this Simulation to “investigate why prisons tend to become abusive, degrading violent environments” (Haney, Banks, & Zimbardo, 1973; Zimbardo, Haney, & Banks, 1973). “Zimbardo wan... ... middle of paper ... ...tute. These clinics and institutes are set up in different places, but they are to help students or people to get them out of their ‘shells’. Zimbardo is interested in helping people liberate themselves and help them enjoy life more by not being so closed in and shy. Zimbardo has continued to do many studies, experiments, and role-playing simulations still today. Zimbardo is still at Stanford University teaching and doing studies at the age of 81. Works Cited Cherry, Kendra. "Philip Zimbardo Biography." About.com Psychology. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2014. . Fails, Amy. "Philip Zimbardo." Psychology History. Munskingum Collge, n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2014. . Weinten, Wayne. Psychology: Themes and Variations. 9th ed. Belmont: Hague, 2011. Print.

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