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Sybil Wong, PhD

Completed Biochemistry PhD, passionate about accelerating scientific discovery with technology


Four free-to-access papers on the psychology behind collective action.

1. Efferversence studied A 2015 study of 400+ Hindu pilgrims concluded that the positive collective emotion is rooted in the sense of (i) being able to enact their collective identity and (ii) increasing the feeling of intimacy with other crowd members. (read more)

2. Coping mechanisms for collective disadvantage Backed with a pair of field and laboratory studies in 2007, researchers proposed two strategies for converting sympathisers into active protesters against collective disadvantage: if group identity is strong, trigger group anger, but if not, then best to highlight group efficacy, i.e. why joint action will better achieve their aims. (read more)

3. Many a mickle makes a muckle Don't go around saying your vote or participation doesn't count; researchers found in 2004 that the perception that other group members are willing to take collective action promotes more participation. (read more)

4. Beware of system justification and uncertainty Researchers confirmed in 2011 the hypothesis that individuals are less to take meaningful action against sources of disadvantage when they are more prone to (i) accepting the existing system as just, and (ii) feel uncertain about the outcome of joint action. (read more)