Experiencing Psychology in the Real World. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is required. To demonstrate the bystander effects, I conducted an experiment in various cases distinguished by number of people available to offer any possible help. I conducted my experiment in different locations in New York. To demonstrate bystander effect, I had my friend accompany me to every location where I executed my experiment. In each case, I had to pretend that my friend was robbing and beating me, but he had to take as much time as possible to given the available bystanders adequate time to approach for help. I did this experiment ten times in various locations characterized by different numbers of people.
After conducting the experiment in ten distinct times in different locations with different number of individuals, I recorded down the results. The results would give me some light to show the bystanders effect as it happened to my own life. The results were as follows:
From the results of responsibility, cohesiveness, and ambiguity can be seen. In some cases, one individual or just a few individuals would be scared away by the actions of a crime, especially if the crime is life risking. My case was a bit light although it depicted a heavy-built man robbing me in a violent manner. Typically, weaker individuals would run for their security if they were just alone at the incidence. Diffusion of responsibility was more noticeable where the number of people available for my rescue was too huge to count. There seemed to be some social influence where everybody appeared to act like anyone else in that specific location. As long as other people seemed unconcerned, a person who could otherwise be kind enough to help would also act like the other individuals. This was even more in Altmar where nobody seemed to be concerned. Just because all people were busy on their tasks, any person willing to help would shy off from offering help and choose to ignore the situation (Meyers).