Apply it! Exercises

Someone Collapses, What Would You Do?
ABC News
1. Respond to the question ABC News asks, "What Would You Do?" What situational factors would push you to help. What factors would prevent you from helping?
2. Why did bystanders have different reactions to the woman and the homeless man? Why did giving the homeless man a name increase the probability of helping?
Do you think that knowing about the Darley and Latané findings on bystander intervention would affect bystanders’ behavior when they saw someone who suddenly appeared to be seriously ill or is involved in an accident? (To find out if it really does, see Beaman, Barnes, Kleentz, & McQuirk, 1978.)

Note: Here is the follow-up story about Linda Hamilton:

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