INDIVIDUAL BEHAVIOR IN A SIMULATED PANIC SITUATION.
Final technical rept. 15 Oct 67-14 Oct 68,
NORTH CAROLINA UNIV CHARLOTTE DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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Studies are reported in which Ss effort to escape a danger situation is thwarted by the actions of fellow group members jamming the escape exit in their own escape attempts. S could either try to escape in cooperation with the others by waiting his turn, or sacrifice them in order to save himself. Response behavior was investigated as a function of group composition and personality variables. No significant differences were found on F-scale performance between those who evidenced the panic response and those who did not. The group composition variables of induced cohesiveness, expectancy, and frustration produced no significant differential effect on the incidence of the panic response. Explaining the nature and purpose of the study to Ss and asking them to role-play during the experimental task produced the same response as in the previous research utilizing subject deception. Author