Monday, October 1, 2007

Genovese Syndrome: Fact or Fiction?

1 October 2007

Genovese Syndrome: Fact or Fiction?

By LARRY McSHANE

NEW YORK (AP) - It's straight out of Psychology 101: "The Bystander Effect," a phenomenon illustrated by the infamous 1964 murder of Kitty Genovese as 38 callous neighbors ignored her screams for help.

Except that while details of the case were exposed as dubious over the years, psychology instructors and students still operate off the original parable of bad Samaritans united by indifference to a gruesome attack, according to an article by three British university professors. [...]