Piliavin Method, procedure and location

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  • A field experiment
  • Covert observation

The people who gathered the data were 16 general study students from the university of Columbia in the USA. 16 were split into four teams, 2 males being the victim and the model and 2 females being the observers. They always performed the same role in each trial.


  • Teams entered the train through different doors
  • Victim inacted his collapse after 70 seconds
  • Consulting a random number table, the model worked out which condition…


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