Research Paper On The Bystander Effect

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The bystander effect was first discovered in 1964 in New York City. Someone attacked and murdered Genovese in front of her apartment building. Everyone see what was happen but nobody did anything to help even if psychologists cannot explain why did people did not help. Psychologists had to prove their theory so they set up an experiment to test it. The result supported their theory. They figured out that having more witnesses did not mean that help was more likely. So, social psychologist believes the bystander effect can apply to a number of everyday situations. However, psychologist knows that humans are naturally influenced by the presence of others around them even if they are not aware of it.

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