Di 04.06.

19:00 Uhr

Science Pub: Should I Help or Should I Go?


On March 27, 1964, the New York Times headlined: “37 Who Saw Murder Didn’t Call the Police”. The article stated that for more than half an hour respectable, law-abiding citizens watched a man stalk and stab a woman in three separate attacks. Subsequent to Katherine “Kitty” Genovese’s murder, scientists across different disciplines testified to the downfall of humanity. John Darley and Bibb Latané (two social psychologists) however were not convinced by these statements. Instead, they argued that generic psychological factors might be at work that could explain such behavior, now widely known as the “bystander effect”. In his talk, Dr. David Urschler aims to provide answers to questions such as: What psychological factors prevent humans from helping? What is the relationship between victims, bystanders, and wrongdoers? Is it inevitable that the presence of others blocks helping behavior? Can the presence of bystanders increase helping behavior? What do we know about the “bystander effect” after 50 years of research?

Due to the public holiday, this months SciencePub will be one week earlier. So please join us in listening to Dr. David Urschlers talk on this very interesting topic. As usual doors will open at 7 pm and the talk will start at 8 pm. Hope to see you all there.


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