Attributions of responsibility for helping and doing harm: Evidence for confusion of responsibility.

@inproceedings{Cacioppo1986AttributionsOR,
  title={Attributions of responsibility for helping and doing harm: Evidence for confusion of responsibility.},
  author={John T. Cacioppo and Richard E Petty and Mary E. Losch},
  year={1986}
}
The social inhibition of helping is well documented, and this phenomenon has been explained in terms of the general processes of audience inhibition, social influence, and diffusion of responsibility. In the present research, we adapted the paradigm used in studies of the attribution of responsibility for an accident to examine a specific audience-inhibition process that may contribute to the social inhibition of helping. Evidence from two experiments showed that an individual who adopted the… CONTINUE READING

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