Group Behavior in a Simulated Panic Situation.
Final rept. Oct 66-Oct 71,
NORTH CAROLINA UNIV CHARLOTTE DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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Research and theoretical efforts attempting to define the causes and nature of panic are reviewed briefly. Topics covered include the incidence of panic as a function of personality variables, the nature of the group, and the type and age of the subjects studied. Two different experimental approaches to the study of panic are described a laboratory simulation and a role-playing approach. The most clear-cut finding involves subject age. The findings suggest that those who panic may be high in pain sensitivity and that low cohesive groups may be more inclined to panic than high cohesive groups. Particular attention has been paid to practical, theoretical, and ethical issues involved in the conduct of research using human subjects, with reference to the present studies as well as all psychological research.