Opinion: Trick or treating this Halloween? Know your group behaviour October 31, 2014 Halloween is upon us tonight and it’s all just a bit of harmless fun, right? Or is there truly a dark side to Halloween? Associate Lecturer in Psychology Zenobia Talati explores these questions in her opinion piece in The Conversation. Dr Talati looks at typical trick or treating behaviours and the psychological implications of anonymity in line with a study in the United States looked at how children’s behaviour was influenced by anonymity and/or the behaviour of the other children when left unattended with a bowl of candy and a bowl of coins. Results showed that children were more likely to steal when they were in an anonymous group compared to when they were anonymous and alone. Dr Talati explores the psychological behaviours surrounding deindividuation, the idea that people’s inhibitions are lowered and they are more likely to violate social norms when acting anonymously as part of a group. Read the full article in The Conversation. Print This Post Media contact: Natalie Hailes-Phakos Tel: | Mobile: | Email: N.Hailes-Phakos@murdoch.edu.au Categories: General Tags: halloween, opinion, the conversation australia Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!