Crowd Psychology

Collective behaviour and how it can be managed is a burgeoning field of science, driven by the demands of music festivals, sporting events and managing protests.

The origins of this topical specialism lie in the turn of the last century, when academics argued that crowds were a hostile force to be reckoned with - mad mobs where indviduals lose their rational behaviour and get caught up in the crowd. However there's a growing body of evidence to suggest the opposite. Geneticist Steve Jones investigates.

Producer: Erika Wright

First broadcast in June 2012.

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45 minutes

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Thu 1 Aug 2013 22:00

Six Secret Smuggled Books

Nelson mandela

Six classic works of literature we wouldn't have read if they hadn't been smuggled...



Seven images inspired by the grid

World Music collector, Sir David Attenborough

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The field recordings Attenborough of music performances around the world.

Attenborough's field recordings

Attenborough's field recordings

The unlikely music performances captured while searching for exotic animals to film.