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Mass Hysteria

Mass hysteria is some fanny of Irrational, compulsive belief or behavior which spreads among people.  It can be a brief crowd incident, as when a
W’  of uncontrollable twitching spread fought a Louisiana high school Schuyler and Trenton, 1943]. The New York Times [Sept. 14, ~52J reported that at a Mississippi football   165 teenage girls in a cheering section became excited and “fainted like flies.” Or mass hysteria may extend beyond a single collection of people at a single moment in time. In one town, dozens of people over several weeks reported being attacked by a “phantom anesthetist” who sprayed them with an unknown drug which caused paralysis and other symptoms [Johnson, 1945]. The Salem witchcraft trials are an interesting historical example of mass hysteria [Starkey, 1949]. Recurrent waves of flying-saucer reports  together with an elaborate pseudoscientific literature on flying saucers, are a more modern
example of mass hysteria [Hackett, 1948; Gardner, 1957, chap. 5; Menzel and Taves, 1977]. From an analysis of the reports, it can be suspected that flying-saucer reports were often the main cause of flying-saucer reports; that is, publicity about flying saucers aroused a series of new “sightings.” It is, of course, a scientific possibility- that some of the “unidentified’ flying objects” are from outer space. As stated earlier, a negative proposition (e.g., “there are no flying saucers”) is impossible to prove; but the present evidence for them is most unconvincing Condom, 1969; Klass, 1975; Menzel and Taves, 1977; Shaeffer, 1981]. During the late summer of 1974, nearly a hundred reports of mysterious “cattle mutilations” spread through Nebraska and So the Dakota. Some officials attributed these  ., tilations.(ears, lips, and sex organs most often


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