Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 5-14-2015

Faculty Advisor(s)

David S Ward, Martha Coolidge


I was in the second row of Dr. Jules Herrell’s psychology class on a brisk day in Washington DC when I heard about the prison experiment at Stanford University during a college lecture. Naturally, I was shocked to learn young men my age that had gone in as equals could turn on each other for a meager salary and free meals. I wanted to show this quality of people in situations involving intimidation, peer pressure and envy. My co-writers and I found a way into the narrative through the bond of two friends, Prince and Malachi. This allowed us a chance to get past the trivial details only shown in documentaries and put the audience on an adventure they can invest in emotionally for every moment when a just man is mistreated or when a peacemaker becomes fed up with being neutral. The story makes viewers complicit in personal conflicts born of this deviation from equality and justice, letting them pick sides between the guards and the prisoners.


Presented at the Spring 2015 Student Research Day at Chapman University.