Latané and Darley set up most of their experiments in a similar fashion. The samples of the participants in the experiments were from Columbia University and were asked by the researchers to be interviewed or placed in an irrelevant study. When the participants were situated in their seats, they were asked to begin filling out forms such as a questionnaire. When the participant began to fill out the forms, the “emergency” experiment was presented to the participant. Each experiment presented different emergencies and variables. For example, one experiment tested a subject to see if he would react to the existence of smoke in a vent (Latané & Darley, 1970, p. 46). The completion...
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...arch by other researchers may have been impacted. Critics say that Latané and Darley did not look far enough into demographic influences on their research. However, their research has stemmed many experimental studies and theories. Psychologists today now have a better understanding of how bystanders influence others. The possibilities for future research are highly likely. One possible study that can be looked at today can be how bystanders on social media affect the chances of bullying to their peers. Psychologists can look at how group bullying compares or contrasts with personal bullying. If it weren’t for the unfortunate murder of Kitty Genovese, social psychologists may still be contemplating why witnesses did not intervene and help her escape from her attacker. The Bystander Effect is still an important discovery in the field of psychology and other sciences.
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