Ervin Staub says people react differently to stressful circumstances such as the recent disarming of a shooter on a French train by three American tourists. “Some people are calmer under certain circumstances,” he says. In a tense situation, some people react quickly and are willing to engage while others are slow to respond, while still others just watch, what he calls the bystander effect.
Now that the media and the country pay attention, after shocking instances, almost everyday there are more reports of police officers having used unnecessary force, needlessly harming people. Some of these reports are of new events, which I will discuss later. Others are about events a year or two ago that now receive attention.
Endowed Chair Stellan Vinthagen and Editor of the new Journal of Resistance Studies announces the publication of the inaugural issue. The Journal is an international, interdisciplinary and peer-reviewed scientific journal that explores unarmed resistance.
Linda Tropp, who has written several books on group dynamics and prejudice reduction, has received awards for her work and has presented social science evidence in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on racial integration, spoke with New England Psychologist’s Catherine Robertson Souter about the work she and her co-faculty members are doing with the UMass program and how their graduates are working to illuminate all sides of the issue of violence.