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Bonnie Klein Washburn Critical Article Review GroupInhibition of Bystander Intervention in Emergencies , Bibb Latane (Columbia University) and John M. Darley (New York University) Taken from Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1968, Vol. 10, No. 3, 215-221 The authors appear to feel strongly that individuals will act in a potential emergency more often than people in a group. They want to test what people in a group or alone will do in an emergency to their person. The subjects are either alone or in a group with two planted individuals as smoke is introduced into the room. The planted collaborators, when present, react with indifference to the smoke. Results showed that subjects, when tested alone, reacted by investigating the smoke and
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Unformatted text preview: reporting the issue at a level of 75% reporting it. Also, subjects when grouped with two planted collaborators had a much lower rate of reporting the smoke at 10%. The authors conclude that the group dynamic, when presented as indifference, has a profound effect on the action (or inaction) of the subject’s choice to act/report the smoke or not. They feel their results firmly support their initial predictions. I don’t think in today’s world that any type of smoke would be dismissed in a group of any size. Events in the last 5 years have made Americans very wary of any type of abnormality in their immediate environment so the same experiment would yield much different results today, in my opinion. Submitted September 30, 2009...
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