Chris Dillow 

Worrying about bonds

Chris Dillow

Chris Dillow
Worrying about bonds

In 1967 Bibb Latane and John Darley, two academic psychologists, asked some undergraduates at New York University to sit alone in a room and fill in some questionnaires. While they did so, they pumped smoke into the room. Three-quarters of the students, as you’d expect, soon noticed the smoke and raised the alarm. They then repeated the experiment, with the difference that each student was in a room with two accomplices of Latane and Darley who had been told not to react to the smoke. Only 10 per cent of students then raised the alarm.

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