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Lecture 15 - Psych 135 Lecture 15 Helping Kitty Genovese...

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Psych 135 – Lecture 15 Helping Kitty Genovese Stabbed to death while 38 neighbours watched Bystander apathy Diffusion of responsibility Decision to help doesn’t feel like its affected by others being around us o But it is! Breann Voth 19 year old girl killed in Vancouver in 2002, several neighbours heard her screaming for over 10 minutes but did nothing. Epileptic Seizure Those alone with the victim react the most, as opposed to those with 1 other confederate or 4 confederates. Also, those who respond in the situation with 4 confederates take longer than the other two conditions Factors the determine helping Noticing something is wrong Deciding it is an emergency Deciding one is personally responsible The presence of others undermines each of these factors o Knowing we’re being seen by others o Being able to see others Our naïve theory of helping doesn’t focus on these factors The Effect of Being Seen by Others When others are around we keep our eyes and ears to ourselves
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