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by mel starrs on November 23, 2008

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What I’ve been reading about:

  • Not Exactly Rocket Science : The spread of disorder – can graffiti promote littering and theft? – "Through a series of stunning real-world experiments, Kees Keizer and colleagues from the University of Groningen have shown that disorder breeds more disorder. The mere presence of graffiti, for example, can double the number of people who litter and steal…Keiser's idea is that seeing the breakdown of one social norm makes it easier to ignore others, by weakening our general resolve to act appropriately and strengthening our temptations to act in our own self-interest."