The Diffusion Of Responsibility Theory

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There have been many cases in which bystanders have appeared to do nothing at crime scenes. The most famous of one is the case of Kitty Genovese when she was stabbed to death outside a busy neighbourhood and no one came to her help even though there were plenty of witnesses. This raises the question what has changed in our understanding of Bystander behaviour? By knowing this we will be able to find out more about how and why we as humans do it. I chose the diffusion of responsibility theory and the ambiguity theory to see if I can find out if any of our behaviour has changed. I have done this by analysing and evaluating studies by Latané and Darley, Piliavin et al, Shotland and Straw and Fischer et al. I found their studies and analysed them and then evaluated them. There are more studies on that have been done that have the diffusion of responsibility theory in compared to ambiguity in but that was down to how we as humans try and put responsibility as of others on someone else than ourselves and also the fact that we don’t always feel like we can help in the situation.

What has changed in our understanding of Bystander behaviour?

Examination session:
Psychology – Extended essay

Introduction

This essay is investigating what has changed in our understanding of Bystander behaviour. The most well-known bystander effect example is the one of Kitty Genovese in 1964 when she was brutally murdered and no one came to her help even though supposedly…
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