Emotionality and reactions to disaster

Bibb Latané*, Ladd Wheeler

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Men exposed to the death and dismemberment occasioned by the crash of a commercial airplane were questioned about their behavior after the experience. Men independently designated as emotionally nonresponsive increased communicative behaviors as a function of stress, while emotionally responsive men decreased communication. Although social comparison has been shown to be desired in dealing with mild emotional states, these results suggest it may be avoided under intense emotional arousal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-102
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Experimental Social Psychology
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1966
Externally publishedYes


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