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Department
Social Psychology
Course
SOCPSY 1Z03
Professor
Paul Glavin
Semester
Winter

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Chapter 15Collective Behavior o Collective Behavior 2 or more persons engaged in behavior judged common or concerted on one or more dimensionsSpatial temporal scaleOften spontaneous and subject to norms created by the participants Serious consequences often arise from collective behavioro Crowds Temporary gatherings of people in close physical proximity engaging in a joint activity that is unconventional Participants may engage in one common activity singing concerted action rescuing victims a large variety of activities milling around lootingCrowds develop the mental unity of the crowdthis unanimity leads participants to think feel and act in ways that are different than if each member were alone o Contagion Theory Gustave Le Bon 18411931 The Crowd A Study of the Popular Mind 1895Deindividuation crowds create anonymity and reduce perceptions of personal responsibility Le Bon Individual identity and selfcontrol disappears giving away to primitive barbaric stateContagion Tende
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