Notes 12511 pt 2

Notes 12511 pt 2 - It can relieve the personal distress of...

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Prosocial Behavior Chapter 11 Is this Altruism? Bob a college student spends three hours a week as a big Brother to a boy whose father has died? Mary an attorney stops to aid a victim of an automobile accident John a firefighter rescues an elderly women from a burning building and gets a heroism award Prosocial Behavior Any act performed with the goal of benefitting another person Altruism Any act that benefits another person but does not benefit the helper Why do people help? Social Exchange Theory- The costs and rewards of helping Much of what we do stems from the desire to maximize our outcomes and minimize our costs Helping can be rewarding It can increase the probability that someone will help us in return in the future
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Unformatted text preview: It can relieve the personal distress of he bystander It can gain us social approval and increased self-worth Why do people help? Empathy and altruism- The pure motive for helping others Helping a person can prolong your good mood When will people help? Situational Determinants The number of bystanders latane and Darley Good Samaritan Laws 'It is a crime not to summon aid or help someone in serious distress European Countries Vermont, Minnesota, and Wisconsin Law is difficult to enforce Latane and Darly's 1. Notice the Event 2. Interpret event as an emergency 3. Assuming responsibility 4. Knowing how to help...
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This note was uploaded on 12/27/2011 for the course PSYCH 274 taught by Professor Szafran during the Fall '11 term at Syracuse.

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