The Invasion From Mars: A Study In The Psychology Of Panic
Transaction Publishers, 1940 - Psychology - 224 pages
On Halloween night 1938, Orson Welles broadcast a radio adaptation of the H. G. Wells fantasy, The War of the Worlds. What listeners heard sounded so realistic that at least a million were frightened by word that "strange creatures" from Mars had landed in central New Jersey and were "unleashing a deadly assault." Several thousand were so terrified they ran into the streets, drove away in their cars, or called the police for information about how to escape. Why did so many panic when the circumstances reported were so improbable? That is just the question Hadley Cantril, then a young social psychologist, set out to answer.
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It Was Something Terrible
THE NATURE AND EXTENT OF THE PANIC
It Didnt Sound Like a Play
HOW THE STIMULUS WAS EXPERIENCED
Wed Better Do Something
DESCRIPTION OF REACTIONS
Being in a Troublesome World
THE HISTORICAL SETTING
THE INDIVIDUAL CASE
Jitters Have Come to Roost
WHY THE PANIC?