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Who is the Mole? : Determining Hostile Intent in Groups with GPS and Survey Data

Roon, Carsten van (2021) Who is the Mole? : Determining Hostile Intent in Groups with GPS and Survey Data.

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Abstract:Past events indicate that it is seems difficult to distinguish individuals that harbour hostile intentions from individuals that do not in violent collectives. The current study tried to distinguish these hostile individuals by relating GPS data with survey data in small groups within a manipulated and competitive field game setting. Two games were played in this setting where four participants had to compete against each other where one of them, called the mole, had foul intentions and tried to sabotage the group’s performance. Results showed that participants diverged on the measure of intra-group distance dependent mainly on fright, but also on the trait agreeableness. The former resulted in smaller distances and the latter in greater distances. At the same time the deceptive and sabotaging mole contemplated and harboured more hostile intentions than other participants. The experiment showed cautious, yet fruitful future endeavours in detecting hostile intent in small groups who could be part of larger violent collectives. Intra-group distance and hostile individuals is therefore an area where more work could be conducted.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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