Exploring a Classic Case in Social Psychology Essay
October 28, 2013
Individual Programmatic Assessment: Exploring a Classic Study in Social Psychology
Social psychology first examined the phenomena later termed “bystander effect” in response to a 1964 murder. The murder of a young woman with as many as 38 witnesses and none who helped until it was too late. The bystander effect is individuals seeing an emergency situation but not helping. There are many reasons why individuals do not respond: diffusion of responsibility, not noticing or unsure if it is an emergency, and not wanting to be liable if the person still dies are a few.
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Contemporary Society The results of the bystander effect study are important and relevant in contemporary society. Today’s society is full of violence and other forms of catastrophes. If people keep the results of the bystander effect study in mind when passing an emergency possibly more of them will help or at least call for help than did in 1968. Knowing that everyone else who sees the same emergency as you is thinking that surely someone has already called for help may lead to more calls for help. In 1968 everyone believed that someone else had called the cops, but in reality it took almost 33 minutes for someone to finally call. Hopefully today if a similar situation occurred there