The Normandale Psychology Department will host a lecture by Dr. Mark Snyder titled The Kindness of Strangers: Reflections on the Psychology of Helping and Being Helped on Thursday, November 15 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Lorenz Fine Arts Auditorium.
When and why do people help others? Fifty years of research on the "bystander effect" has demonstrated that when people witness an emergency, they often just "stand by" and do nothing. On the other hand, millions of people every year take the initiative to volunteer to help others in need. One of the most renowned social psychologists in the world today, Dr. Mark Snyder has spent the better part of his career thinking about and researching this paradox. In this presentation, Dr. Snyder will discuss how reconciling these two perspectives has stimulated great advances in understanding, research, and application.