WHAT MAKES US BECOME A GOOD SAMARITAN ?

This was investigated by Piliavin (1969) on the New York subway. An actor fell over on the train, 2 observers measured who, if anyone, helped.

The actor was male, aged 26-35 and either:

– Sober with a cane
– Drunk with a bottle
– White or Black

62/65 times the actor with the cane was helped.

19/38 times the drunk actor was helped.

Males were more likely to help than females (90% were male).

68% of the helpers for the White actor were also White. It was 50/50 for the Black actor.

What does this study tell us?

Is this study still relevant today?