3.4 Why just stand by?
Is bystander intervention a general phenomenon, or is the nature of the emergency and who is involved important?
Do you think you would have behaved differently? The bystander effect tends to be something that many people believe would not apply to them, yet the research suggests that when we are put in that position we are very unlikely to intervene. Of course, it can be difficult to generalise from research which focuses on only one event.
In this video, Dr Jovan Byford discusses whether all emergencies are the same, regardless of if they are a murder in New York or students dealing with a smoke filled room, or whether the nature of the emergency might be important. In addition, he looks at how our attributions about the emergency affect our behaviour and whether we intervene or not.