Intro to Psych: Understanding & Overcoming the Bystander Effect

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What is the Bystander Effect & how can we overcome it?

Did you know that in emergency situations it is better if there are less people in the area? According to the Bystander Effect, as the number of bystanders increase it is more likely that no one will intervene in an emergency situation. In this lesson, students will learn about real life scenarios involving the bystander effect and they will create mini-posters in which they will propose ways to overcome this dangerous psychological phenomenon.

Throughout the lesson students will:

1) After watching a video clip respond to a Bell Ringer in which they propose why bystanders would not help a person dying on a New York City street.
2) Read an introductory article about the Bystander Effect.
3) Listen to an audio recording about a high school sexual assault in which bystanders did nothing to help the victim and answer questions pertaining to the recording.
4) Analyze a photograph of an infamous lynching and discuss as a class how the Bystander Effect played a role in this particular situation.
5) Create a mini-poster demonstrating their understanding of the Bystander Effect and ways to overcome it.
6) Finish with an exit ticket that demonstrates what they've learned about the Bystander Effect.

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90 Minutes

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Intro to Psych: Understanding & Overcoming the Bystander Effect
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Intro to Psych: Understanding & Overcoming the Bystander Effect
Intro to Psych: Understanding & Overcoming the Bystander Effect
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