Stanford Prison Experiment professor to speak at Flint Center

Stanford prison experiment professorPhoto courtesy of Dr. Philip Zimbardo Facebook.

Average people can perform evil behaviors, but famous Stanford prison experiment professor Philip Zimbardo will discuss how those people can transform into everyday heroes at a free event at the Flint Center on Feb. 6.

Dr. Zimbardo is known for designing the Stanford Prison Experiment of 1971 which set up a mock prison in the basement of the Stanford psychology building, with 24 students playing the roles of prisoners and guards. The controversial and compelling psychological  experiment was recently dramatized in a 2015 film based on based on the book “The Lucifer Effect”.

Dr. Zimbardo has also created a non-profit, Heroic Imagination Project, which “develops and implements research, education, corporate and public initiatives to inspire and encourage everyday heroism,” according to the HIC website. The nonprofit holds workshops with youth and adults.

While tickets to attend the lecture in Cupertino are free, participants are asked to register here.