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 Schweizer, Lecturer, Psychology, UNSW
Assoc Prof Jo Robinson, Head of Suicide Prevention, Orygen
Rupert Saunders, Senior Clinical Advisor, Headspace
Dr Michelle Noon, Criminologist and psychologist, RMIT