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DECL. OF ROBERT V. LEVINE, PH.D., IN SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFFS
OPPOSITION TO DEFENDANTS
MOTIONS FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT
The Power of Persuasion: How We’re Bought and Sold
(2003) (updated paperback versionpublished 2006). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. This book has been translated into sevenlanguages. It details the psychology of persuasion that is often used to manipulate consumers intomaking decisions that are sometimes not in their best interest. It includes material on thepsychological manipulations that have been used in common situations such as sales andadvertising as well as the manipulations used in extreme groups such as cults. It includes a chapteron Jonestown and analyses of cults, including the Moonies and Hare Krishnas, and a very brief discussion of Scientology.6.
I have also published a chapter on cults in an encyclopedia: Levine, R.,
“Cults,” in E. Hickey (Ed.),
Encyclopedia of Murder and Violent Crime
. Thousand Oaks, Ca.: Sage(2003). This invited chapter was written as an introduction to the social psychology of cults. Itsummarizes research concerning what constitutes a cult, the type of individuals who join cults, thetypical structure of cults and the social psychological dynamics that exert such a powerful influenceon cult members.7.
My other relevant publications on the topic include: Levine, R., “The evilthat men do: Review of The Lucifer Effect by Philip Zimbardo,”
(2007); Levine, R., Fast, N., & Zimbardo, P., “The power of persuasion: A field exercise,”
Teaching of Psychology
138 (2004); Levine, R., Milgram’s progress: Review of The ManWho Shocked the World by Thomas Blass,”
93:368-370 (2004); Levine, R.,
“Beware the illusion of vulnerability,”
Net and Books
1:24-27 (2001).MATERIALS REVIEWED8.
I have read four volumes of the deposition of Claire Headley and fourvolumes of the deposition of Marc Headley in this case, along with all the exhibits attached to thesevolumes of the deposition transcripts.INTRODUCTION