3670[evol-psych] Re: Mind virus could give us shopping bug
- Apr 2, 2000On Fri, 31 Mar 2000, Jerrod Hansen wrote:
>I agree that the number of initial cohorts is important *but* there is
> The link didn't work for me, but I tracked down the article. Marsden
> is blatantly lifting Doug Rushkoff's ideas about media influence, and
> his grasp of social psychology is weak. (He claims to get a whole
> group of people staring into the sky simply by planting one person
> staring into space. This result is dependent on the number of initial
> cohorts and relies on an actual object, not empty space).
no requirement that an actual object needs to be present. People will
impose meaning on a situation and the size of the initial cohort is
often reason enough to stare up at the sky or up at a building. Milgram
ran this type of experiment in the 1960s (reported in large number of
introductory social psychology textbooks). I have 'replicated' his study
in 3 different locations in the UK. The size of the group staring up at
'something' seems to be an important factor. However city size also
needs to be taken into account.
I ran these series of experiments because I had found an interesting
effect of group size on imitative behaviour in a previous experiment set
up to test a gene-culture coevolutionary model.
BTW in order to run these experiments it requires more than 1 trial. I
sent groups of 3, 4, and 5 out 5 times to stare up at a building (15
randomly ordered trials x 3 locations = 45 times).
Milgram, S., Bickman, L., & Berkowitz, L. (1969) Note on the drawing
power of crowds of different sizes. Journal of Personality and Social
Psychology, 13 79 -82
Coultas, J. (2000) Milgram Revisited: The influence of group and city
size on imitative behaviour (submitted paper)
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