4. The Bystander Effect
In doing nothing we have still made a decision.
Bystander Effect: the greater the number of people present, the less likely people are to help.
The bystander effect was first demonstrated following the murder of Kitty Genovese in 1964. The New York Times published a report conveying a scene of indifference from neighbors who failed to come to Genovese’s aid, claiming 38 witnesses saw or heard the attack and did nothing.
Psychologists launched a series of experiments resulting in one of the strongest and most replicable effects in social psychology.
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