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Social facilitation
Social facilitation = the tendency for people to perform better on tasks in the presence of others
than when alone.

Social inhibition = the tendency for people to perform worse in the presence of others than when
alone

Arousal = the level of alertness than an individual displays…

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Social facilitation is the tendency for people to perform better on tasks in the presence of others
than when alone. A number of psychologists have investigated this phenomenon, although some
have found the opposite effect ­ this is called social inhibition, the tendency for people to perform
less well in…

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Research has shown that any distraction e.g. noise can cause social facilitation and social
inhibition; the distraction does not have to be an audience.

Social facilitation in animals can also be explained by this theory; it is possible that animals can
become distracted by the presence of others.

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Evaluation of social facilitation research
Audiences in empirical studies tend to be passive; whilst in real life would be more active. There is
therefore a lack of generalisation.

Studies typically ignore individual differences e.g. In Triplett's study, 25% actually showed
inhibition when in the presence of a co-actor. Individuals in…

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