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Reducing sensitivity to torture recruits endure torture and scream chants about violence and killing


Systematic desensitization and social modelling recruits gradually exposed to prisoners (bring food) watch veterans torture and be rewarded for torturing participate in group beatings eventually perform solo beatings


Discuss: what psychological mechanisms (e.g. cognitive dissonance,upward/downward social comparisons, stereotyping) are at work here? What can ordinary people do to prevent themselves from becoming complicit in harming others?