Broken Windows Theory Experiments
November 22, 2008 8:56 PM Subscribe
A place that is covered in graffiti and festooned with rubbish makes people feel uneasy. And with good reason, according to a group of researchers in the Netherlands. Kees Keizer and his colleagues at the University of Groningen deliberately created such settings as a part of a series of experiments designed to discover if signs of vandalism, litter and low-level lawbreaking could change the way people behave. They found that they could, by a lot: doubling the number who are prepared to litter and steal.A story about a series of experiments on The Broken Windows Theory.
The paper The Spreading of Disorder (subscription required) by Kees Keizer, Siegwart Lindenberg, and Linda Steg was Published in Science, 20 November 2008. More information about the study in the Supporting Online Material (free access) page over at Science.
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