Shortly after Hurricane Katrina damaged the New Orleans and surrounding areas, news reports of groups of looters were announced. Oftentimes, when under the influence of a crowd, individuals will display aggressive or unlawful behavior that they would not otherwise participate in. This phenomenon is referred to as deindividuation.
Research and discuss the following:
- Identify and describe a historical event in which the deindividuation phenomenon occurred.
- Explain the process of deindividuation (e.g., how it works, what changes happen within the individual to allow for unusual behavior).
- Discuss how deindividuation might also occur outside the presence of a crowd, such as in other settings in which a person feels anonymous.