Piliavin et al

Piliavin et al

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  • Experiment took place on the New York 8th Avenue Independent Subway. This line was used because the A and D trains made no stops for 7 and a half minutes.
  • All victims were male; were identically dressed (Eisenhower jacket, old pants and no tie. They were aged from 26-35. On 65 trials, victims carried and black cane. On 38 trials, the victims smelled of alcohol, carrying a liquor bottle wrapped tightly in a brown bag.
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  • Two female observers sat in the adjacent area; they recorded comments, as well as race, sex and location of every passenger in each carriage. Model would stand in either critical or adjacent area, and would help after either 70 or 150 seconds.
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  • After approximately 70 seconds, the victim would feign collapsing. Meanwhile, the observers in the adjacent area would record comments made by passengers, as well as race, sex and initial location of a helper.
  • You feel so bad you don't know what to do
  • If no one helps within 70 or 150 seconds (depending if it's late or early variable), the model will intervene.
  • The observers found that of the 108 trials (65 ill and 38 drunk), the ill victims were helped 90% of the time with a latency of 5 seconds, whilst only 50% of drunk victims were helped with a latency of 105 seconds.
  • Cameron Brazier
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