The Bystander Effect

Don’t be a bystander!

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Don’t be a bystander!

The bystander effect refers to the phenomenon that occurs when a large number of people are present in an emergency situation but few, if any, intervene in the situation. Essentially the effect shows that people are less likely to take action when in a group setting. They become bystanders, onlookers, observers.   A real life example that many students taking introductory psychology courses would have heard of is that of Catherine Genovese, aka “Kitty.” This 28 year old woman was brutally murdered on March 13, 1964 outside her apartment block. As she was coming home from work she was...

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