Piliavin's Subway Study

Updated: 5/12/2020
Piliavin's Subway Study

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  • Aim:
  • let's investigate bystander behaviour in a social setting.
  • let's investigate if the condition of the victim affects the help received.
  • Method:
  • Method - drunk trial
  • AIM: to investigate bystander behaviour in a social situation and if the help received is affected by the condition of the victim, in this experiment there will be a drunk condition and a disabled condition.
  • Method - disabled trial
  • METHOD: 103 trails are to be carried out, 4 students will board the subway and 1 will pretend to have a seizure, the other two will collect qualitative data, the other boy will be a 'model' and help the victim after 90 seconds.
  • Results:
  • METHOD: There will be 38 drunk trials and 65 disabled trials, one boy will walk to the critical zone in the subway and pretend to have a seizure and remain that way until help arrives. Meanwhile the other boys will appear as bystanders until one helps.
  • Conclusion:
  • METHOD: In both drunk and disabled trials, victims will dress and act the same to prevent invalid results.
  • RESULTS: Disabled = helped 95% of the time, drunk= helped 50% of the time. In the first 70 seconds, a disabled person as helped 87% of the time and a drunk person 17%. Group size had no effect.
  • CONCLUSION: Characteristics of a victim make a difference to whether they receive help if they are more deserving they receive more help.