Aggression- Deindividuation

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1. Prison Study, found every guard/prisoner behaved in an aggressive way at some point. An altered state of consciousness lead to disinhibited antisocial behaviour due to the diffusion of reponsibility

  • Sergen and Barton
  • Zimbardo et al
  • Diener et al
  • Simpson
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2. Deindividuation refers to...

  • loss of physical identity
  • loss of individual identity and loosening of normal inhibitions
  • addition of identity and heightened inhibitions

3. Public Self Awareness:

  • A concern we have for our own thoughts and internal morals which can be reduced in activities in which we 'forget ourselves' (alcohol)
  • A concern about the way you look and knowing people will judge you on how you look.
  • A concern about the impression presented to other people knowing that you will be judged by them.
  • Not being comfortable being out and exposed in public areas.

4. Halloween study, different conditions (anonymity, aloneness, one child responsible) Children given opportunity to steal candy and it was found in anonymity and groups, candy was stolen

  • Kilnesmith et al.
  • Sergen and Barton
  • Diener et al
  • Charlton

5. Darkened room arousal study, 26 people in a padded room for 45 minutes, lights on= no interaction, lights off= people had sex instead

  • Caspi
  • Diener et al.
  • Sergen and Barton
  • Mattson

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