Perhaps the concept that will remain with me five years from now that I learned in Psychology 1001 is that of the bystander effect. The bystander effect is defined as the non responsiveness of those witnessing an event. I was shocked to learn that numerous deaths and rapes could have been prevented by someone intervening instead of assuming that another witness would step in and stop the crime.
Having been certified in first aid and CPR, I will be more willing to use my skills if I approach a situation in which they are needed. Instead of assuming someone more qualified or experienced than I will step in, I need to do the best I can with the training I have. When I witness a crime or an emergency, I will not be more aware of the need to step in and help instead of looking for someone else to do so. Learning about the bystander effect can prevent stoppable crimes and deaths from occurring. In addition to knowing this myself, I will be more likely to share this information with my friends and peers so that preventable tragedies can be avoided. As a result of taking psychology 1001, I have learned that the bystander effect can be extremely dangerous and that I should step in and help in an emergency.