‘How do we behave in crowds?’

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Interested in how people behave in crowds and emergencies? Listen to the CrowdScience podcast to hear Dr Anne Templeton talk about crowd psychology and what we're exploring in our project.

Period25 Nov 2022

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Media contributions

  • TitleHow do we behave in crowds?
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletBBC World Service
    Media typeRadio
    Duration/Length/Size26 minutes / 8 mins
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionCrowds 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/AuthorAnand Jagatia
    PersonsAnne Templeton


  • crowd psychology
  • crowd behaviour
  • social identity
  • emergencies