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Christopher Cocking

Christopher Cocking

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My research areas include mass group behaviour and collective resilience. This means I am interested in looking at crowd behaviour in situations such as mass emergencies, terrorist attacks, collective disorder, etc., and how crowds can encourage collective resilience not only during but also after such mass events. I am especially interested in applying my work to informing social and mental health policy and addressing popular (mis)conceptions of "mass panic" and "mob mentality."

Primary Interests:

  • Aggression, Conflict, Peace
  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Group Processes
  • Health Psychology
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Life Satisfaction, Well-Being

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Journal Articles:

  • Cocking, C. (2011) Using VR technology in Teaching and Learning with 1st year Psychology Undergraduates. Investigations, 7 (1) 113-25.
  • Cocking, C. (2009, Spring). Fostering deep learning through workshops: A re-design of a first-year Psychology Module. Investigations, 5(2).
  • Cocking, C., & Drury, J. (2008). The mass psychology of disasters and emergency evacuations: A research report and implications for the Fire and Rescue Service. Fire Safety, Technology and Management, 10(2), 13-19.
  • Cocking, C., & Drury, J. (2004) Generalization of efficacy as a function of collective action and intergroup relations: Involvement in an anti-roads struggle. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 34(2), 417-444.
  • Cocking, C., Drury, J., & Reicher, S. (2009). The psychology of crowd behaviour in fires: Implications for the emergency services. Irish Journal of Psychology, 30(1), 59-72.
  • Drury, J., Cocking, C., Beale, J., Hanson, C., & Rapley, F. (2005). The phenomenology of empowerment in collective action. British Journal of Social Psychology, 44, 309-328.
  • Drury, J., Cocking, C., & Reicher, S. (2009). Every one for themselves? Understanding how crowd solidarity can arise in an emergency: An interview study of disaster survivors. British Journal of Social Psychology, 48.
  • Drury, J., Cocking, C., & Reicher, S. (2009). The nature of collective "resilience": Survivor reactions to the July 7th (2005) London bombings. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, 27(1), 66-95.
  • Drury, J., Cocking, C., Reicher, S., Burton, A., Schofield, D., Hardwick, A., Graham, D., & Langston, P. (2009). Co-operation versus competition in a mass emergency evacuation: A new laboratory simulation and a new theoretical model. Behavior Research Methods, 41(3), 957-970.

Other Publications:

  • Cocking, C. (In Press for Nov 2012). Collective resilience versus collective vulnerability after disasters: A social psychological perspective. Invited chapter for Disaster Management: A Medical Perspective.

Christopher Cocking
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Westlain House
Brighton BN1 9PH
United Kingdom

  • Phone: 01273 644510

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