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ERIC Number: ED172131
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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Anonymity and Helping: Three Field Studies.
Solomon, Linda Zener; And Others
A series of three field experiments, using 233 subjects in all, tested the effect of anonymity on helping. All three experiments demonstrated that identifiable subjects were significantly more likely to offer non-emergency help than were anonymous subjects. The third experiment also showed that only anonymous subjects were more likely to help a victim similar to themselves than one who was dissimilar. The results were interpreted as indicating that anonymity encourages norm violation, and therefore tends to reduce helping behavior when helping is the appropriate response. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Anonymity; Helping
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August, 1978)