Episode 50: Psychological Study Ripped Straight from….the Bible?

How many scientific studies find their inspiration from a parable in the bible? Well, this one does and for my 50th episode I'll go over a very interesting study based on the Good Samaritan parable. We'll take another look at the topic of bystander intervention by asking the question: are people more likely to help someone if they are thinking "pious" thoughts at the time? [adsenseyu2] After reviewing the study I'll take a look at a couple articles that cite the good Samaritan parable and ask the question: what does the results of this study imply about the value of character education, … [Read more...]

Episode 36: Kitty Genovese: What Really Happened?

Image via Wikipedia Kitty Genovese: what you know about what happened to her is wrong. Kitty Genovese was repeatedly attacked while others watched and did nothing - right? Wrong. While the story lead to a long and successful line of research in the area of bystander intervention and diffusion of responsibility, the facts of the story are incorrect. [adsenseyu2] What are the facts behind the Kitty Genovese case and if groups are so unlikely to help, how do you explain how people came together to help at 911? Let's take another look at the legacy of this famous story in this … [Read more...]