Years of research on bystander apathy have demonstrated that the physical presence of others can reduce the tendency to help individuals needing assistance. Recent research on the implicit bystander effect has suggested that simply imagining the presence of others can lead to less helping behavior on a subsequent unrelated task. The present study was designed to contribute to previous findings on the implicit bystander effect by demonstrating these effects on commitment to help and on real helping behavior, rather than simply on intentions to help. Studies 1a and 1b demonstrate that merely priming participants with the construct of being in a group at Time 1 created significantly less commitment to future helping on a subsequent task at Time 2. Study 2 aimed to extend this effect to behavioral measures and verified that participants exposed to a group prime helped less than those who were exposed to a single-person prime. The implications of these findings for the literature on the bystander effect are discussed.

Scaffidi Abbate, C., Boca, S., Spadaro, G., & Romano, A. (2014). Priming Effects on Commitment to Help and on Real Helping Behavior. BASIC AND APPLIED SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, 36, 347-355 [10.1080/01973533.2014.922089].

Priming Effects on Commitment to Help and on Real Helping Behavior

SCAFFIDI ABBATE, Costanza;BOCA, Stefano;
2014

Abstract

Years of research on bystander apathy have demonstrated that the physical presence of others can reduce the tendency to help individuals needing assistance. Recent research on the implicit bystander effect has suggested that simply imagining the presence of others can lead to less helping behavior on a subsequent unrelated task. The present study was designed to contribute to previous findings on the implicit bystander effect by demonstrating these effects on commitment to help and on real helping behavior, rather than simply on intentions to help. Studies 1a and 1b demonstrate that merely priming participants with the construct of being in a group at Time 1 created significantly less commitment to future helping on a subsequent task at Time 2. Study 2 aimed to extend this effect to behavioral measures and verified that participants exposed to a group prime helped less than those who were exposed to a single-person prime. The implications of these findings for the literature on the bystander effect are discussed.
Settore M-PSI/05 - Psicologia Sociale
http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01973533.2014.922089
Scaffidi Abbate, C., Boca, S., Spadaro, G., & Romano, A. (2014). Priming Effects on Commitment to Help and on Real Helping Behavior. BASIC AND APPLIED SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, 36, 347-355 [10.1080/01973533.2014.922089].
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