behavioural contagion

behavioural contagion

n
(Psychology) the spread of a particular type of behaviour, such as crying, through a crowd or group of people
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'There is a process called behavioural contagion, where emotions generated by the group spread like a viral infection and everyone gets infected by it,' says Dr Peter Marsh, co-director of the Social Issues and Research Centre in Oxford.
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