Challenging the Bystander Effect via Documentary Film

  • Millard, Kathryn (Primary Chief Investigator)
  • Levine, Mark (Partner Investigator)

Project: Research

Project Details


This multidisciplinary project brings together documentary film and psychology to challenge the bystander effect. Social experiments from the 1960s have entrenched the view that we fail to act to prevent harm to others. Film has played a significant role in promoting this theory. Drawing on an innovative screen performance method, this project examines how those who witness others being harmed can become responsive bystanders. Challenging the Bystander Effect demonstrates how a collaboration across the Creative Arts and Psychology can generate original and widely useful research. This project will contribute to our understanding of a significant social problem and result in an innovative, accessible and high-profile documentary.
Short titleBystander Documentary
Effective start/end date30/05/1929/05/22