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social psych (4-2-09) - Abie Feuerstein April 2, 2009...

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Abie Feuerstein April 2, 2009 Social psych Group Influence Minimal group situations o Just being in the presence of other people Effects of the presence of others on performance of tasks o Triplett (1898) found bicycle racers went faster when competing with others than when alone o Same result with children winding fishing reels Effects on Performance Social facilitation o The presence of other people improves performance on tasks But others found evidence of social inhibition o The presence of other people decreases performance on tasks Difference is due to the nature of the task o Facilitation occurs with easy tasks o Inhibition occurs with difficult tasks How do we explain this difference? Response facilitation o Centers on the role of arousal Reticular activating system (source (center) of arousal and motivation) Autonomic nervous system (runs on its’ own. Keeps heart beating, don’t have to think about it in order to make it happen. Flight of fight mechanism, when you get really scared) Amount of stimulation being processed by brain (the more stimulation, the more stressed out you will become because your arousal level will go up) Response Facilitation Arousal facilitates dominant responses o The response that has the strongest reinforcement i.e. the most likely response o With easy tasks the dominant response is doing the task correctly
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