Piliavin Experiment


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Storyboard Description

My storyboard of the whole experiment

Storyboard Text

  • I dont feel too good...
  • 'Critical area'
  • 'Adjacent area'
  • 'Critical area'
  • Hello? are you okay? do you need any help?
  • 'Adjacent area'
  • The duration of the experiment lasts 7 minutes and takes place on a busy train in New York, between 11am and 3pm. It involves a 'Victim' who is acting either drunk or ill; who collapses 70 seconds into the journey.
  • 'Critical area'
  • Hello? are you okay? do you need any help?
  • "Shall we call someone"
  • 'Adjacent area'
  • The Train was divided into 2 main areas. The 'Critical area' and 'the 'Adjacent area'. The victim would collapse in the critical area and the observers would be placed in the adjacent area. The observers would always be female.
  • The victim would collapse and a model would get up and help them. The time taken for the model to do so would vary from 70 seconds into the journey to 140 seconds in. sometimes they would help from the adjacent area and sometimes from the critical area.
  • "do you need any help"
  • The obsevers record the gender of the passengers and how long it takes for somebody to help.
  • 103 trials were carried out over the period. however more ill trials were done than drunk making it an unfair test.
  • Overall, they concluded that ill people would get more help than drunk people. Another one of their findings was that 55% of the people on the train were white, 45% of the people on the train were black.
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