Social Influence on Behavior
On August 2, 2011 a hunt began for three siblings Ryan, Dylan, and Lee Dougherty whom allegedly shot at a police officer and robbed a bank in Georgia. These siblings are believed to be armed and dangerous. On August 10, 2011 there was a high speed chase in Colorado that ended in the arrest of the three siblings. “Police said in the affidavit that they believe Ryan Dougherty drove the car while Dylan Dougherty Stanley fired at pursuing officers with an AK-47.” (Norton & Whitcomb, 2011) Lee while trying to run from the police was shot in the leg. This paper will be discussing the behaviors and the precursors and consequences of the behaviors in terms of social psychology concepts. This paper will then go on to describe social facilitation, social loafing, and groupthink and whether or not any of these were associated with the behavior. The end will talk about whether or not these behaviors need therapeutic intervention.
Context or Social Situation
Ryan, Dylan, and Lee Dougherty all lived together in Florida. All three of the siblings have criminal records. Ryan had just registered as a sex offender and had a device around his ankle. The mother of the siblings stated that Ryan was worried that being registered as a sex offender would interfere with him being allowed to visit his child. After allegedly robbing a bank in Georgia the police found the device. This is how the police were able to identify the siblings. After searching their home the police found a bunker under their home. The first impression or the initial schema is the Dougherty sibling’s behavior is very dangerous, and became increasingly violent and aggressive as the trio crossed the country.
Precursors and Consequences of the Behavior
Precursors to this behavior are evident when taking a look at the history and past of the three siblings. The eldest, and only girl, Lee, was employed as an exotic dancer in a Florida strip club. Before that, she had been...