8. panic - Panic • Le Bon (in the 1800s) was an early...

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Panic Le Bon (in the 1800s) was an early researcher who first investigate the issue of panic. He talked about the “group mind”--that fact that people just became like animals--totally irrational
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Panic Positing that people become “ animal- like” is not very theoretically productive Why?
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Panic Mintz (1954) Mintz realized that panic might be a response to the “structure” or context He developed studies that examined incentives (both costs and benefits) In a series of studies, he had students try to “escape” their cones (game pieces) from a large flask or jar
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Panic Mintz study (continued) 2 people cannot get their game pieces out at the same time No rewards (baseline) When there are no rewards connected to getting out, everyone “escapes” (or gets their game piece out)
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Panic Mintz study (continue) Rewards When rewards were added for getting the game piece out successfully, LESS people “escaped” in the allotted time Furthermore, the HIGHER the amount of reward, the LOWER the number of successful escapes
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This note was uploaded on 05/11/2008 for the course SOCI 205 taught by Professor Evans during the Fall '08 term at Texas A&M.

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8. panic - Panic • Le Bon (in the 1800s) was an early...

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