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ERIC Number: ED117606
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-May-3
Pages: 32
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Reference Count: 0
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Perceiving the Good Samaritan: Effects of the Behavior of Others on Attributions of Altruism.
Dowdle, Michael D.; Baker, Elaine
Subjects judged the behavior of a target person who had helped or not helped a person in distress while the target person was either alone or with confederates who also had helped or not helped. In addition, subjects were told that either (1) 80 percent of all persons tested had helped, (2) 20 percent had helped, or (3) nothing about the percentage that helped. The data revealed that subjects' judgements were a function of the social desirability of the observed behavior when the target person had participated in the altruism situation alone. However, when the target person had participated with confederates persent, subjects' judgments were a function of the similarity/dissimilarity between the target person's behavior and the confederates' behavior rather than the social desirability of the behavior per se. Providing subjects with information about base rates of altruistic behavior had only minimal effects on their judgments. (Author)
Michael D. Dowdle, Department of Psychology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 48824
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (46th, Chicago, Illinois, May 2-4, 1975)