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ERIC Number: ED083514
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-May-10
Pages: 10
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Diffusion of Responsibility and Extreme Behavior.
Mathes, Eugene W.; Kahn, Arnold
The results of this investigation support, in part, the diffusion of responsibility hypothesis which states that antisocial behavior will occur whenever individuals are motivated to engage in socially-unacceptable behavior, and find themselves in a group of similarly motivated individuals. The mechanism by which this antisocial behavior is produced is the spreading or diffusion onto other group members of feelings of personal responsibility for the anti-social behavior. Subjects, singly or in groups, with or without communication, were either angered or not angered and then given a revenge opportunity. Study results support the hypothesis that group membership, per se, without communication and hence without the possibility of social comparison, produces lessened feelings of responsibility and thus more extreme behavior. (Author/WSK)
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Note: Paper presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Meeting (45th, 9 through 11 May 1973, Chicago, Illinois)