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A bystander situation from the perpetrator’s perspective : do bystanders influence the occurrence of prosocial or pro-self lying?

Wagner, H.W. (2017) A bystander situation from the perpetrator’s perspective : do bystanders influence the occurrence of prosocial or pro-self lying?

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Abstract:To acquire further knowledge about the influence of bystanders we have chosen to carry out a lab study to investigate the influence of bystanders on the perpetrator, using the example of lying. The participants were either assigned to the bystander- or the non-bystander-condition to examine the influence of observers. Furthermore, we chose to add another condition: All respondents were told to have the possibility to earn money. In one condition, they could earn it for themselves. In the other condition, they were told to earn money which will be used for charity purpose. We were thereby aiming to profoundly investigate if, firstly, bystanders have an influence on the occurrence of lying and secondly, if it makes a difference if the goal of the lie was a prosocial or pro-self one. The findings did not show a statistical significance and did therefore not allow to draw a conclusion. This may be caused by the fact that the incentive was too low and therefore only a minority of the participants lied.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/72622
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