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25 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 13 April 2009 01:26AM

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Comment author: [deleted] 16 January 2012 06:36:33PM *  1 point [-]

Come to think, I can't actually recall seeing shyness discussed in analyses of the bystander effect, but that's probably just my poor memory

Shyness is beeing discussed in analyses of the bystander effect. A psychology lecture i attended in 2001 mentioned it as the third important factor. This effect:

If I recall correctly, if the experimental subjects know each other, the chances of action also go up

was said to proof the role of shyness (beeing with a friend reduces shyness)

The wikipedia article on the bystander effect mentions it, too: "People may also experience evaluation apprehension and fear losing face in front of the other bystanders"