Lecture 9 notes - Social Psychology

Lecture 9 notes - Social Psychology - Module 56 Group...

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Module 56 – Group Influence 56.5 - Individual behaviour in the presence of others Social Facilitation : stronger responses on simple or well-learned tasks in the presences of others. On tougher tasks, complex cognitive tasks, performance dropped when observed or other working on the same tasks. Being observed increases arousal; Arousal strengthens the most likely response: correct one on easy task, incorrect one on a difficult task. What you do well, you are likely to do even better in front of an audience, especially a friendly audience; what you normally find difficult many seem all but impossible when being watched. Social Loafing: the tendency for people in a group to exert less effort when pooling their efforts towards attaining a common goal than when individually accountable. Deindividuation : the loss of self-awareness and self-restraint occurring in group situations that foster arousal and anonymity. Eg. Riots (feeding off the energy of others), depersonalized self with facepaint would make killing easier. Presence of others:
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2009 for the course PSYCHOLOGY PSYCH 101 taught by Professor R.ennis during the Spring '09 term at Waterloo.

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