Crowds can reflect and challenge the held ideologies of their sociocultural environment. Real-World Examples Crowd psychology can be witnessed in many real-word situations. The individual under the influence of emotion losses the power of criticism and slips into the same emotion.
This lack of attention frees the individual from the necessity of normal social behavior. The population, now living in densely packed, industrialized cities, such as Milan and Paris, witnessed the development of the light bulb, radio, photography, moving-picture shows, the telegraph, the bicycle, the telephone, and the railroad system.
The intensification of emotion and unpreparedness for opposing the authority of the crowd, in their turn, inhibit intellectual processes and the lowering of intellectual level in a crowd.
Individuals accept as true the most improbable of statements. In the crowd the emotional tone is heightened by the concentration of attention, the suggestions of leaders, the use of verbal and other symbols, the excited gestures of the crowd members, and other circumstances of the occasion.
At the same time that certain faculties are destroyed, others may be brought to a high degree of exaltation ….
French physician and anthropologist Gustave Le Bon became its most-influential theorist. In pursuit of this goal, they developed the social science of criminal anthropology, which is tasked with the mission of changing the emphasis from one of the study of legal procedures to one of studying the criminal.