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A test of theories of social facilitation using a musical task.

Abrams, Dominic, Manstead, Antony S. R. (1981) A test of theories of social facilitation using a musical task. British Journal of Social Psychology, 20 (4). 271 - 278. ISSN 0144-6665. (doi:10.1111/j.2044-8309.1981.tb00497.x) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Examined the effects of the presence of others, recording equipment, and a mirror on 80 undergraduates' performance of a musical task. These 3 conditions were designed to test predictions derived from the mere presence, evaluation apprehension, and objective self-awareness accounts of social facilitation phenomena. The relationship between task performance and individual differences in scores on the Test Anxiety Scale was also assessed. Ss were each assigned to 1 of 16 conditions in a 2 (male vs female)?×?2 (well-practiced vs poorly practiced)?×?4 (others present, evaluation, mirror, alone) design. Results show that task performance, as measured by melodic errors, did not conform to any of the theoretical predictions. An attentional model of social facilitation phenomena is advanced as a possible explanation for failures to obtain effects predicted by drive-based theories.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/j.2044-8309.1981.tb00497.x
Uncontrolled keywords: presence of others vs recording equipment vs mirror, facilitation of musical performance, male vs female college students differing in anxiety levels
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Social Psychology
Depositing User: M.L. Barnoux
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2013 11:04 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 11:06 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/35470 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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