Bystander Effect

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Bystander Effect
Our hypothesis was disproved in that the bystander effect made it less likely for strangers to help out. The bystander effect is defined as the following: the more people present when help is needed, the less likely any of them is provide assistance. At first glance, we assumed that it would be the opposite effect. We automatically were led to believe that there was a safety in number. However, while testing out our theory, the hypothesis turned out to be false. The more people there were around in place of an accident or an incidence, the longer it took for them to approach the person (in this case Courtney and Anna). Although it was hard to understand most of the results in our project, we were able to realize that it was very unlikely that people would help and jump in to assist us if they are unaware of what happened or if they perceive the situation as being too ambiguous to interfere with. After the final filming of our video projects, we were able to distinguish the two different scenarios that we faced. For some of the scenarios in our film, people were rather quick to jump into help. For example, when Courtney fell in the mall, two ladies who were passing by rushed to help her up after watching her fall. However, this was completely different from the result that we had in the school track field, when it took nearly about 20 minutes for someone to finally help Courtney up. We were able to pick up on the fact that there were much less people around in the mall than there was students running on the track field during Courtney’s fall. This supported the bystander effect in that the more people there were (about forty students vs about three to five in the mall) the longer it took for them to help. Our results also helped us to see that strangers helped only when they thought that they were responsible to. Factors such as age, and gender contributed to a big part of the final result. After conducting this experiment we...
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