Title How do we behave in crowds? Degree of recognition National Media name/outlet BBC World Service Media type Radio Duration/Length/Size 26 minutes / 8 mins Country/Territory United Kingdom Date 25/11/22 Description Crowds gather in all sorts of places, from train stations and football matches, to religious events and protest marches. But is there a science behind how they move and behave? To find out, Anand Jagatia speaks to some actual crowd scientists.
He learns about the psychology of social identity, which influences everything from how close we stand to others to how we react in emergencies. He visits the Athens marathon, and hears about the algorithm that predicts how 50,000 runners will move through a city on race day. And he explores research into the science of riots, which explains why some peaceful crowds turn violent.
Dr Anne Templeton (University of Edinburgh)
Marcel Altenburg (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Prof John Drury (University of Sussex)
Talk with Anand Jagatia
Producer/Author Anand Jagatia Persons Anne Templeton
- crowd psychology
- crowd behaviour
- social identity