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Piliavin et al. Subway Samaritan
Earlier happenings and research led to the Piliavin study. For example the kitty Genovese
case where it was noted that out of the 40 people that witnessed her murder (lasting over half
an hour) not one person came to help or tried to call the…

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station to help
adjacent area ­ early: the model stood in the adjacent area and waited until passing
the 4th station to help
adjacent area ­ late: the model stood in the adjacent area and waited until after the 6th
station to help

The observations made were:

Total number of…

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The model can be used to explain what happened in the study:

Women helped less because the cost of helping was greater ­ more perceived
danger, the cost of not helping is also lower as it is not seen as a woman's `role' so
there will be less self blame…

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