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  • Topic of this Week: "Herd behavior or Following the crowd (June 13, 2021)"

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    Herd behavior or Following the crowd
    (The topic was once discussed on 2nd June 2016)
     

    In a social study, a person is asked to stand still on a busy street corner in New York City and stare straight up at the sky. About 4% of all passers-by stopped to look up with that one person. When 5 people stood on the sidewalk and looked straight up at the sky, 20% of all passers-by stopped to look up. Finally, when a group of 18 people looked up simultaneously, almost 50% of all passers-by stopped to look up.
    The experiment shows how individuals make decisions by observing and mimicking the actions (rational or irrational) of a larger group. In psychology, this phenomenon is called Herd behavior or the power of the crowd. Herding often involves people using the actions of others as a guide to sensible behavior, instead of independently seeking out high-quality information about the likely outcomes of these actions. Herd behaviors are often observed in demonstrations, riots, and general strikes, sporting events, religious gatherings, episodes of mob violence, and everyday decision-making, judgment, and opinion-forming.

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    Questions for discussion:
    1. Can you give examples of herd behavior? Have you ever found yourself being one of the crowd?
    2. Is it better to be different or follow the crowd?
    3. Who controls the crowd?
    4. What can be done to avoid crowd manipulation?

     

     

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