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Human Nature #11: Social Proof

In the 1950s, Solomon Asch developed an experiment to study how individuals yielded to or defied a majority group. A group of 8 students would be shown a card with a reference line on it. 1,229 more words

Human Nature

Bystander Effect

This is a true story. A parent recently made a call to the local Family Maintenance Enforcement Program, which had indicated by letter that should he have any concerns about ongoing child support issues, he could call the agency to discuss matters. 834 more words

Parental Alienation & Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Kitty  Genovese: A true account of a public murder and its private consequences

by Catherine Pelonero

I guess the big question after reading this book (and a lot of the reviews) is how many people needed to witness or hear Kitty Genovese being stabbed and then raped (over a 38 minute period) without contacting police for us to feel better about what happened. 296 more words

Book Reviews

IBEX, Cold Poles of Venus, Makemake, Dark Sunshine, Andromeda Blows Bubbles and Bystander Apathy

We are back! After an extended break the Beauty In The Universe Show is back and this week we discuss the Andromeda Galaxy blowing giant bubbles, IBEX exploring the boundary of interstellar space, dark sunshine, the frigid poles of Venus and the new moon discovered orbiting the planetoid Makemake, and Laura talks to us about an experiment dealing with bystander apathy, aka the Bystander Effect. 53 more words


A Life-Span Perspective on Bullying

Earlier in the term I went along to Professor Vanessa Green’s inaugural lecture at Victoria University that tackled the issue of bullying which I feel is particularly pertinent to youth in educational settings. 418 more words


The bystander effect

Yesterday was voting date for the Upper House election in my country. No big surprises in the outcome, but I think there were a few key take-aways that deserve more attention and further discussion by my people. 486 more words


Murder in Chennai and Bystander Effect

Few days ago a lady was murdered in Chennai while she was waiting to catch a train. The murderer killed in full public view. No one tried to save the girl or stop the culprit. 156 more words