Young Children Show the Bystander Effect in Helping Situations

  title={Young Children Show the Bystander Effect in Helping Situations},
  author={Maria Pl{\"o}tner and H. Over and M. Carpenter and M. Tomasello},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={499 - 506}
  • Maria Plötner, H. Over, +1 author M. Tomasello
  • Published 2015
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Psychological Science
  • Much research in social psychology has shown that otherwise helpful people often fail to help when bystanders are present. Research in developmental psychology has shown that even very young children help and that the presence of others can actually increase helping in some cases. In the current study, in contrast, 5-year-old children helped an experimenter at very high levels when they were alone but helped significantly less often in the presence of bystanders who were potentially available… CONTINUE READING

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