About Careers MedBlog Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

People are More Likely to Get Help in Emergency Situations

by Bidita Debnath on October 3, 2016 at 11:55 PM
Font : A-A+

 People are More Likely to Get Help in Emergency Situations

You are more likely to get help from others in emergency situation than in harmless everyday condition as extreme conditions bring out the best in people, especially those who are altruistic and pro-social, suggests a study.

"Emergency situations seem to amplify people's natural tendency to cooperate," said one of the researchers Mehdi Moussaid from Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany.

Advertisement


In the study published in the journal Scientific Reports, the researchers showed that readiness to help depends heavily on personality.

The experiments showed that pro-social and altruistic people in particular often helped others even more in an emergency situation than in a relaxed and non-threatening situation, whereas selfish participants became less cooperative.
Advertisement

The researchers invited 104 individuals to participate in a computer game that was developed specifically for the experiment.

In this "help-or-escape dilemma game," participants under time and monetary pressure had to decide whether they were willing to risk taking time to help others before reaching their goal or saving themselves in two different situations ? one everyday and one emergency situation.

After the game, the researchers measured participants' social value orientation -- that is, their concern for others -- and categorised them as having a pro-social or individualistic profile.

The researchers found that many of those categorised as pro-social were more helpful in the emergency situation -- 44 percent of them were more ready to help in the emergency than in the everyday situation.

The opposite was true of participants categorised as individualistic, 52 percent of whom reduced their cooperative behaviour in the emergency situation.

Source: IANS
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Recommended Reading

This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close
×

People are More Likely to Get Help in Emergency Situations Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests