American psychologist and once professor at Stanford University Philip Zimbardo created a peculiar experiment. He arranged for a car to be left almost three days near the Bronx campus of New York University and for a similar car to be left for the same period near Stanford University in Palo Alto... The license plates on both cars wre removedand the hoods left open to "encourage" potential vandals. Within twenty-four hours the New York car was stripped of all movable parts and by the end of the three days was reduced to a metal skeleton. A big surpsie was that most of the destruction occurred during the daylight hours, fully observed by "disinterested" passersby. In contrast, the car in Palo Alto was left untouched.
Palo Alto, Califorina, United States
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