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The Psychology of Evil: The Lucifer Effect in Action

"In The Lucifer Effect, Zimbardo argues that humans are neither good nor evil. Instead, systemic and situational forces shape individuals’ actions, and every individual has the capacity for good and evil: “Good people can be induced, seduced, and initiated into behaving in evil ways” (211). The Lucifer Effect specifically responds to Zimbardo’s findings in the Stanford Prison Experiment (SPE), his observations of the torture and abuse that occurred at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison, and extrapolations from various historical and global atrocities."


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