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Obedience: Defying the crowd in midwifery practice

Hollins Martin, CJ 2013, 'Obedience: Defying the crowd in midwifery practice' , Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 31 (2) , pp. 105-108.

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Abstract

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)

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences Research
Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0264-6838
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: CJ Hollins-Martin
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2013 13:37
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2015 12:39
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/29284

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