Psychology is defined as the scientific pursuit of the human mind and all of its functions. Essentially what scientists who study psychology are trying to figure out is this: why do we do the things that we do? This pursuit can lead scientists down some pretty strange paths. Today we are pulling together 20 REAL psychology experiments that have been used throughout history! Are you ready? This ride is about to get pretty wild.
The Bystander Effect
Have you ever noticed that some people freeze up during traumatic situations? John Darley and Bibb Latane surely did and they created an experiment to prove it. The experiment included putting a participant in an office while they slowly fed a fake fire. The participant always, immediately, reported the fire. Then they would put five people in the same room and a sixth person would have a ‘seizure’. People were more hesitant to report than when they were alone. Fascinating!