The Bystander Effect

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In this experiment, psychologist conducted a study of human behavior to determine how many people were able to inflict pain on someone else. In contrast to what the participants were told, they were being filmed to capture the true emotions and reactions conveyed by them. For each random participant, an actor was placed with them as if they were a participant as well. After drawing to see whether they would be the “teacher” or the “student,” with the actor purposefully as the student every time, they were divided into two rooms. The “student” was to repeat the information correctly or else they would receive an electric shock, increasing in voltage with every wrong answer. The first participant shown refused to continue the experiment after…show more content…
(I promise that I didn’t watch the Bystander Effect before I wrote about the parable!) Bystander Effect: The Bystander Effect basically describes how human behavior changes by the people around them at that particular time. This video showed two different social experiments. In one, a man was tested to see if he would tell the woman in front of him that a man had just stolen her wallet, however, because the people around him didn’t say anything either, he went back to his business as if nothing had just happened. In another experiment, they placed both a man and a woman on the same corner throughout the day of whom were obviously in need of help. In order to see which people would get the most help, they dressed these individuals up as both rich and poor men and women. Most people continued to walk past the man who looked homeless without hesitation; however, the same man dressed in a nice suit and laid down acting like he was in pain not much later with a completely different outcome. This man received attention within six seconds of lying on the ground. When the woman was placed on the same corner, although many saw her, no one stopped to help until one man saw her and went to make sure

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