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  •  Another element of the bystander effect (7+ / 0-)

    is that the greater the number of witnesses, the less likely one is to act because one assumes someone else already has done.  I learned this as a young man in a CPR class.  The instructor taught us to point to one individual and tell them to call the police/ambulance if aid is needed.  This will ensure (usually) that proper action is taken.  Simple, but very important, advice, especially for those of us who assume everyone will do the right thing.  

    •  Unfortunately (3+ / 0-)

      the 'conventional widsom' version of events is still described uncritically in many sociology and social psychology textbooks (and as such taught) as an example of the bystander effect. Sure, the myth is a good example, but the facts are misrepresented.

      What do we want? Evidence-based change! When do we want it? After peer review!

      by puckmtl on Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 05:54:01 PM PDT

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