Deindividuation Revision Booklet

Explanation of the process of deindividuation, key studies & findings plus evaluation points. Detailed with images and colours for easier understanding.

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Jazmin Ezenekwe A2 Psychology
Deindividuation is the psychological state of an individual when they become part of an anonymous
collective group causing them to lose their personal identity and therefore their inhibitions about aggression.
We act in a way that goes against our personal or social norms and behave how we perceive is right in that
The Process of Deindividuation
Normal inner restraints on aggressive behaviour are weakened when a person loses their sense of
Zimbardo states being part of a crowd can diminish awareness of our own
We feel that we become faceless and we are therefore unaccountable in a
crowd which increases behaviour that is usually inhibited.
LeBon- suggested that the more anonymous the crowd the greater the
threat of extreme action. A collective mind-set takes over and the
individual becomes submerged causing loss of self control.
Diminished fear of negative evaluation of actions and a reduced sense of
guilt or shame.

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Jazmin Ezenekwe A2 Psychology
Faceless Crowd
The vast majority of people that were involved in the riots meant that the looting and aggressive
behaviour reduced likelihood of being caught- therefore personal autonomy was reduced- people
easily influenced and encouraged to conform through peer/group pressure. As
the group number increased, the violence got worse.
Mullen (1986) analysed newspaper cuttings of 60 lynchings in the US between 1899 and
1946.…read more

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SUPPORT: Zimbardo- found that female students who wore lab coats and hoods to cover their faces gave
twice as much electric shock as participants who wore their own clothes and large name badges- shows
anonymity is a key factor in increased aggression.
-Demand characteristics- guessed aims of study
-Lacks mundane realism- in real life we would never be in a position to deliver electric shocks to another
person, difficult to generalise to real life situations involving aggression.…read more


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