Video Labs: Chapter #11-Prosocial Behavior and Altruism

The Bystander Effect: The Death of Kitty Genovese


One of the most powerful effects found in social psychology is the bystander effect. The bystander effect occurs when a person who needs help is less likely to receive that help when many bystanders are present as opposed to one bystander. This video shows a number of situations in which the bystander effect occurs. For example, people on a busy London street walk right by a person lying on some stairs in plain view. We see this happen repeatedly almost every day. Run Time: 7:05

Irene Gut Opdyke- Polish Rescuer & Hero


This video profiles Irene Opdyke, a rescuer of Jews from the Nazis in Poland during World War II. Irene saved a family of Jews from the Nazis by hiding them in the basement of the villa of the German Major she worked for. Irene describes the events that led up to her decision to hide the Jews in the German Major's villa and what happened during the course of the period of hiding. According to Opdyke, the major discovered the Jews one day but did not turn them or Irene in to the Gestapo. Irene's efforts are emblematic of thousands of others who put their lives on the line to help others during this (and other) period in history.  As you will see in the video the major's decision came at a cost to Irene. Run Time: 13:43