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Violence: VR & Video Data - Experimental Research into Violent Events

  • SAGE Publishing 1 Oliver's Yard London, England, EC1Y 1SP United Kingdom (map)

SAGE Ocean Speaker Series #2

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Mark Levine is a Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Exeter whose research focuses on the role of social identity in pro-social and anti-social behaviour.

Join us to hear Mark talk about his experimental research into aggressive and violent events, where he used CCTV footage and Immersive Virtual Environments to study perpetrator, victim and bystander behaviour.

This event is free and pizza/beer/wine will be provided.

Space is limited, so please RSVP if you plan to attend.

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Mark Levine’s recent work, supported by both the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), has examined the role of group processes in the regulation of perpetrator, victim and bystander behaviour during aggressive and violent events.

This has included conducting a systematic behavioural analysis of CCTV footage of real life violent incidents in night-time economy zones in British town centres. It has also involved the use of Immersive Virtual Environments (‘virtual reality‘) to study the behaviour of bystanders in violent emergencies.

By creating a virtual pub – and exposing football fans to violence between life sized avatars – his team were able to reveal the role that social identities play in the willingness of bystanders to intervene in violence.