The bystander effect, or bystander apathy, is a social psychological phenomenon in which Notice: To test the concept of “noticing,” Latane and Darley () staged an emergency using Columbia University students. The students were. In , Latane and Darley created a situation similar to that of Kitty Genovese’s ( but without violence)to understand what social forces were. Page 1. Page 2. Page 3. Page 4.
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If you witnessed an emergency, you would certainly help those in need, right? The bystander effect is an important social behavior from which we can learn a lot for periods of crisis, and it helps us understand human behavior for groups of people.
Therefore, it is important to understand the bystander effect, its causes and possible counteractions for the Advanced Placement AP Psychology exam.
New York, March 13, A woman named Catherine Susan Genovese, commonly known as Kitty Genovese, is stabbed, robbed, sexually assaulted and murdered on the street by a man named Winston Moseley. Ltane tragedy lasted for approximately thirty minutes, during which Kitty Genovese screamed for help. The lights on the nearby apartments went on and off, neighbors heard her screaming, watched from the windows and not one of the thirty-eight witnesses called the police.
If this were a scene from a thriller book, it would sound non-realistic. No reader would believe this! This is why the murder of Kitty Genovese shocked the population in We like to think we are mostly good, ethical and altruistic individuals who would never refuse to help someone in an emergency.
Their hypothesis was that when we are in the presence of other people, we are less likely to intervene in an emergency. This is what Latane and Darley explored in their experiments on bystander effect, a critical discovery in the field of social psychology. In the first experiment, Latane and Darley recruited college students to participate in what seemed to be an innocent talk with other college students.
Each participant was given headphones and a microphone and stayed alone in a room, talking to other students through the laatne. The theme of the conversation was college life problems, worries and the like. In a certain point of the conversation, a person in the intercom started acting as if he was having a seizure and asked for help. Latane and Darley wanted to investigate the difference of latqne between each group, according to the number of witnesses.
These were the results:. Latane lagane Darley thought about that too and developed a second experiment to investigate this. How do you think that one went down? It gets thicker and thicker until the room is filled with smoke.
However, in the second group, the confederates were instructed to ignore the smoke, and so no one seems to be bothered about it. What do you think happened? Even if we ourselves could be in danger, being surrounded by people who do nothing makes us more likely also to do nothing.
This opposes the intuitive idea that the more people there are in ane emergency situation, the more likely it is that someone would call for help. Xnd Latane and Darley have shown in their studies, it is quite the contrary. As we have seen earlier, the bystander effect states that the likelihood of intervention is inversely related to the number of bystanders. In other words, the more witnesses there are, the less likely each one of them is to intervene in a problematic situation.
But why does this happen? What can explain this? The main reason proposed by Latane and Darley is diffused ltaane. When you are in a large group and something needs to be done, you feel less responsible for the task. There are so many people around; someone else is surely taking charge of the situation, so why should you step up?
Who were Latane and Darley? AP Psychology Bystander Effect Review
The sense of responsibility is diffused in the group, and the result is that, very frequently, no one does anything. This is what happened in the Kitty Genovese situation. The thirty-eight neighbors witnessed the crime and saw each other through the windows. Another reason for the bystander effect pointed out by Latane and Darley is pluralistic ignorance. Pluralistic ignorance is what happens when you observe a situation and at first think that, for example, it is dangerous.
In the Kitty Genovese situation, the neighbors looked around to check how others were reacting, and since no one was getting desperate and fighting to help her because of the diffused responsibility effectthey continued with their everyday lives despite her persistent cries for help. According to Latane and Darley, bystanders go through a 5-step cognitive and behavioral process in emergency situations:.
Some of the other variables are:. Okay, so now you know the dangers of the bystander effect and why and how it happens. You might be wondering: How can we increase the likelihood of helping other people?
Fortunately, there are possible measures to counter the bystander effect and avoid future Kitty Genovese situations. After all, this is the main reason to study human behavior: So here are a few tips to use this knowledge in our service:.
For each of the following pairs of terms, explain how the placement or location of the first influences the process indicated by the second: There are many possible answers to this question, for example social facilitation, social loafing, conformity and the theme of this AP Psychology review: So what do you think about the bystander and the diffused responsibility effect?
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Next, Latane and Darley divided the participants into three groups: The first group thought lztane were talking one on one with the other person The second group thought darlley were talking with two latand people The third group thought they were talking in a group of five people In a certain point of the conversation, a person in the intercom started acting as if he was having a seizure and asked for help.
These were the results: Why the Bystander Effect Happens As we have seen earlier, the bystander effect states that the likelihood of intervention is inversely related to the number of bystanders. How the Bystander Effect Happens According to Latane and Darley, bystanders go through a 5-step cognitive and behavioral process in emergency situations: Notice that something is happening — many things influence our ability to notice a situation, for example, being in a hurry or being in a group in which no one notices the event.
Assume a degree of responsibility — this is affected by the diffused responsibility phenomenon and also by other elements such as whether we see the victim as someone deserving of help, whether we see ourselves as someone capable of helping and the relationship between the victim and ourselves. Choose a form of assistance — this can be a direct intervention helping the victim or a detour intervention like calling the police.
Take action — performing the assistance chosen. Some of the other variables are: This can be regarding gender, ethnicity, clothes, beliefs and even the basketball team the victim happens to root for. For example, many people avoid intervening in emergency medical situations because they are afraid of giving inadequate assistance, making the situation worse and later being held responsible for it.
Familiarity with the environment: That can be because, for instance, we know where the emergency exits are or where to find help quickly. How to Counter the Bystander Effect Okay, so now you know the dangers of the bystander effect and why and how it happens. So here are a few tips to use this knowledge in our service: Recognize situations where the bystander effect may be present and be aware of them.
Realize that we are all bystanders. Review your concepts 19688 who deserves help. This can get tricky when people perceive the amd as someone who brought their unfortunate events upon themselves, like drug or alcohol addicts.
No one is forced to offer assistance to everybody in need, but be aware of your own ideas and tendencies.
Who were Latane and Darley? AP Psychology Bystander Effect Review
Know how to help people in different situations. Seeing yourself as more qualified to give assistance raises the likelihood of that behavior.
If you need help, choose a specific person to ask for it. This avoids the diffused responsibility phenomenon. Once people see that somebody is intervening, they are more likely to start offering assistance as well. Tags Resources AP Psychology. Article written by The Albert.