Defining the Bystander Effect: Kitty Genovese Murder & Research by Latane and Darley


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Which of the following BEST describes the bystander effect?

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1. Why is the 1964 murder of Kitty Genovese important in social psychology?

2. Diffusion of responsibility is a phenomenon that occurs when:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo can help you test your understanding of the bystander effect, including concepts such as what it is, how to avoid it and famous cases that involved the bystander effect.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These multiple-choice questions will test you on the following:

  • Definition of the bystander effect
  • The Kitty Genovese case
  • Diffusion of responsibility
  • What drives a person to decide to help

Skills Practiced

You may work on developing the following skills with this quiz and worksheet:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related bystander effect lesson
  • Making connections - use your understanding of the concept of assuming responsibility and helping
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the psychology of people in a emergency situations in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define diffusion of responsibility

Additional Learning

To learn more about the steps people take to decide if they should assist in an emergency situation, please review the corresponding lesson titled Defining the Bystander Effect: Kitty Genovese Murder & Research by Latane and Darley. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explore examples of the bystander effect from 1964 and 2011
  • Review Latane and Darley's research
  • Name the 5 steps people take in order to decide to take action in an emergency