Contagious behaviour

We all know diseases are contagious, like the flu or common cold but did you know behaviour can be contagious too? Learn more with All in the Mind ⎮29 min Listen

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We all know that certain diseases are contagious, but sometimes behaviour is contagious as well. We take a look at some historical examples - such as the Tanganyika laughter epidemic of 1962, and the case of uncontrollable dancing in 1518 - and we consider what might drive copycat crimes. There's also the possibility of suicide contagion. 

Listen to the podcast Contagious behaviour presented by Sana Qadar.

Trigger warning: this episode touches on the subject of suicide, please take care while listening.


Dr Suzanne SchweizerLecturer, Psychology, UNSW

Assoc Prof Jo RobinsonHead of Suicide Prevention, Orygen

Rupert Saunders, Senior Clinical Advisor, Headspace

Dr Michelle Noon, Criminologist and psychologist, RMIT

All in the Mind

Lynne Malcolm produced & presented this podcast series via, Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio

All in the Mind is RN’s exploration of all things mental—a program about the mind, brain and behaviour, and the endlessly fascinating interactions between them. From dreaming to depression, memory to imagination, psychotherapy to psychopathy, emotion to obsession, All in the Mind explores the human condition through the mind’s eye. While many aspects of our minds remain seductively mysterious, new light is being shed on the way we think and the way we relate to each other all the time. All in the Mind brings together a diverse range of ideas and human experiences through the voices of great thinkers and powerful personal stories.