Interactionist Theory

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  • Interactionist Theory
    • key characteristics
      • behaviour is formed when genetically inherited traits are triggered in a certain environment
      • combines trait and social learning perspectives
      • suggests that behaviour is formed when genetically inherited traits are triggered by an environmental circumstance
      • behaviour will change depending on the situation / environment the individuals in
    • influence on performance
      • can be positive or negative depending on how the person perceives the situation
      • if you perceive the opposition to be strong then you will be more competitive and focused - improved performance
      • if you perceive the opposition to be weak you may be more relaxed and lack concentration, leading to errors and poor performance
    • influence on participation
      • if an individual perceives the situation correctly they are more likely to choose the correct behaviour and succeed - increased participation
      • if an individual perceives the situation incorrectly they are more likely to choose the incorrect behaviour and fail - decreased participation

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