Episode 193 | Herd Mentality

In this episode we discuss the cognitive bias known as herd mentality (or herd behavior).

 Length: 31 minutes

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Herd mentality occurs when individuals group together and follow each other for inexplicable reasons. This is sometimes referred to as the “mob mentality” and is observed during riots. When one-person yells loudly and charges forward, the herd (or mob) follows. This episode discusses how herd mentality might impact situational awareness and decision making at emergency scenes.

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35 & 36 – Lionel Crowther – double fatal
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55 – Jason Corthell – Structural collapse
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103 & 104 – Eric Dreimen – Flashover
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129 – Alan Mannel – Shootout incident
160 – Virginia, MN – smoke explosion
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162 & 163 – Lynchburg, VA – House fire evacuation
170 – Brad Davidson – Industrial fire
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