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Obedience: defying the crowd in midwifery practice.

Hollins Martin, Caroline J



Most people will have observed the often impressive synchrony of the behavior of fish in a school or birds in a flock. The fact that the behavior of a fish is so well matched
to that of the behavior of others is straightforward: perception directly affects behavior. When a fish perceives a change of direction in another fish it simply matches this
change in direction. This direct link between perception and behavior can be easily witnessed in humans as well. We too match the behavior of others and we do this
simply because perception directly affects action. The specific behavioral changes perception can bring about differ between humans and fish, but the underlying mechanism is essentially the same. Perhaps we share this important psychological mechanism with a haddock. (Dijksterhuis, 2001, p. 105).


Hollins Martin, C. J. (2013). Obedience: defying the crowd in midwifery practice. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 31, 105-108.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 8, 2013
Deposit Date Aug 10, 2015
Publicly Available Date Aug 10, 2015
Print ISSN 0264-6838
Electronic ISSN 1469-672X
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 31
Pages 105-108
Keywords Midwifery; psychosocial factors; behavior; social conformity;
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