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ERIC Number: ED105326
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Recent Developments in the Psychology of Individuation and Deindividuation: Toward the Integration of Aggression, Altruism, and Morally Relevant Behavior.
Paloutzian, Raymond F.
After the development and distinctions of the concept of deindividuation are given, a single dimension of morally relevant behavior is outlined with aggression and altruism viewed as the two extremes. This dimension is divided accoring to degree of external reinforcement control. The result is a 2x2 scheme for classifying morally relevant behavior as either aggression or altruism and as either instrumental or noninstrumental. A review of needed distinctions in deindividuation research includes the proposal versus antisocial consequences of deindividuation, sensible versus senseless deviance, the prosocial consequences of individuation, and sanctioned versus nonsanctioned aggression. These facets of deindividuation research are superimposed on the classification matrix, suggesting that one's state of individuation or deindividuation influences the probability of his behavior falling into one of the four categories. It is concluded that the present organization of these ideas suggest a strategy for making it more likely that people will behave well on their own. (Author/BW)
Descriptors: Aggression, Altruism, Antisocial Behavior, Behavior Patterns, Behavioral Science Research, Literature Reviews, Moral Values, Psychological Patterns, Social Development, Speeches
Raymond F. Paloutzian, Department of Psychology, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho 83843
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (54th, San Francisco, California, April 1974)