Bibb Latané

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Bibb Latané (born July 19, 1937) is a United States social psychologist. He is probably most famous for his work with John M. Darley on bystander intervention in emergencies,[1] but he has also published many articles on social attraction in animals, social loafing in groups, and the spread of social influence in populations. Latané was instrumental in introducing ideas from dynamical systems theory into social psychology, demonstrating, for example, how various forms of order could emerge spontaneously in large social groups from individual's simple attempts to fit in with their local neighbors.[2]

Latané was twice awarded the AAAS Prize for Behavioral Science Research, in 1968 and in 1980.[3]

Latané received his B.A. from Yale in 1958 and his Ph.D. (under the mentorship of Stanley Schachter) from the University of Minnesota in 1963. He taught at Columbia University, the Ohio State University, Florida Atlantic University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In the 1980s, he was director of UNC's Institute for Research in Social Science (now the Odum Institute). He is currently director of the Center for Human Science[4] in Chapel Hill, NC, which he founded.

Although Latané is sometimes mispronounced as la-tane, Latané's name is correctly pronounced as latt-an-ay.

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  1. Darley, J. M., & Latané, B. (1968). Bystander intervention in emergencies: Diffusion of responsibility. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 8, 377–383.
  2. Latané, B., & Bourgeois, M. J. (1996). Experimental evidence for dynamic social impact: The emergence of subcultures in electronic groups. Journal of Communication, 46, 35–47.
  3. History & Archives: AAAS Prize for Behavioral Science Research
  4. "Human Science Project Creates Close Community". Retrieved 2004-03-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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