Ding Dong Darkness Time

S1E6: Dancing Plagues and Other Shared Madness

April 06, 2022 Allison Dickson Season 1 Episode 6
Ding Dong Darkness Time
S1E6: Dancing Plagues and Other Shared Madness
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This week, Allison and Chris dig deep into their own shared love and education in psychology to talk about the Dancing Plague of 1518, one of many such mass hysteria events that occurred during medieval Europe. In doing so, they also relate those events to the current day, where humanity remains no stranger to psychogenic illnesses. Why did so many people choose to dance themselves to death? Was it ergot, ego, or FOMO?

This is the season finale of the show, and we hope you'll be back for season 2, coming very soon!

Credits:

Graphics -- Nathaniel Dickson
Music -- Spencer Morelock

Additional Info:

The Dancing Plague of 1518 Wiki
The Great Mortality by John Kelly
A List of Other Mass Hysteria Events

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