Published: Sept. 4, 2018

Eric PedersenCU Psychology and Neuroscience Assistant Professor Eric Pedersen (Social) was in the news, with an article about some of his research appearing in the CU Arts and Sciences Magazine. The research suggests that, contrary to popular belief and some scientific studies, people have not necessarily evolved to intervene when confronted with a social situation consisting of a stranger acting aggressively towards another stranger. Previous research has suggested that people will intervene, but Pedersen's research suggests this may be a laboratory artifact, and multiple methodologies need to be used to describe the phenomenon better. Read the A&S Magazine article, or read the original research paper which appeared in JEP: General.