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Social Psyc Altruism

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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYC 2310
Professor
Saba Safdar
Semester
Fall

Description
Social Psyc Lec 8 Question of Motives - Why do we act to benefit others? a) We care about welfare of others (altruistic motivation) b) We care about ourselves (egoistic motivation) - Evolutionary perspective A Look at History - There is a strong assumption in psychology of universal egoism - This is the majority view in economics, political science, and philosophy (Mansbridge 1990) - Greek philosopher Epictetus 38 Witnesses - Silent witnesses: The kitty Genovese murder (1964) - Alternative analysis: The Probable of the 38 Witness (Manning, Levine, Collins, 2007) Why don’t people help? - Darley & Latane (1968) came up with an ingenious answer. They suggested that after noticing the problem, people have to take a sequential Sequential questions before helping - What is the problem? - Latane & Darley’s experiments (1968, 1970) - A state of pluralistic ignorance - Is it my responsibility? - Darley & Latane’s study (1968) - Diffusion of responsibility - What can I do?
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