Deindividuation: Causes and consequences


Diener, E. (1977). Deindividuation: Causes and consequences. Social Behavior and Personality, 5(1), 143-155.


Previous definitions of deindividuation are reviewed and a current conceptualization is offered. The research literature is reviewed under possible antecedents to deindividuation. It is concluded that research has failed to confirm the causal role of deindividuation in releasing antisocial behavior. Research strategies are suggested which will help more quickly to verify or disconfirm the existence and causal role of the construct.

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