Those of you who took Social Psych: Remember Kitty Genovese? The woman who was stabbed to death in plain sight of 38 witnesses, none of who lifted a finger to help her? The event that would cost generations of poets, theologians, and social psychologists their faith in humanity?
Well, consider humanity acquitted. A group of British psychology professors and an Associated Press reporter returned to the story forty years later, and discovered it was full of shit
. This seriously changes my opinion of human behavior in general--maybe it's time to lay aside the cynicism.
More details here
(though unfortunately only the abstract
is free unless you're an APA member--any of you current Obies have any luck fetching this from JSTOR/OhioLink?). From Wikipedia I gather that most of the article involves fact-checking on common intro-to-social-psych textbooks, though Wikipedia is reliable only to fools and propagandists.