Titanic study: It takes time to do the right thing

Researchers learn about social norms in crises by comparing the Titanic and Lusitania sinkings

By Laura Sanders, 14:58 PM March 1, 2010

Gallantry ruled on the day the Titanic went down. As the vessel’s orchestra played soothing music to calm the passengers, women and children were escorted to the limited supply of lifeboats, leaving healthy young men to go down with the sinking ship.

Three years later, the sinking of the Lusitania by a German torpedo was an altogether different affair. As the civilian passenger ship keeled over in a matter of minutes, young healthy men scrambled to the lifeboats, leaving women and children...

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