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”…been down so long…”: Perpetual vs. Intermittent Inferiority and the Köhler Group Motivation Gain in Exercise Groups

Kerr, Norbert L., Forlenza, Samuel T., Irwin, Brandon C., Feltz, Deborah L. (2013) ”…been down so long…”: Perpetual vs. Intermittent Inferiority and the Köhler Group Motivation Gain in Exercise Groups. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 17 (2). pp. 67-80. ISSN 1089-2699. E-ISSN 1930-7802. (doi:10.1037/a0031588) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Prior research has documented the Köhler motivation gain effect—working with a more capable partner at a task that makes one’s performance indispensible for the group can boost task motivation. Recent research has shown that the Köhler effect can boost one’s persistence exercising in groups, but that always being the group’s “weak link” can eventually undermine these motivation gains. An experiment is reported that contrasts having a partner who is more capable on all/both exercise tasks with one who is more capable on the focal task, but inferior on the second task. The Köhler effect on the focal task was replicated and unmoderated by the uniformity of the partner’s exercise superiority. Implications for further research and application are discussed.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1037/a0031588
Projects: [UNSPECIFIED] Harnessing group dynamics to boost individual motivation to exercise
Uncontrolled keywords: group, motivation, Köhler effect, exergame
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Social Psychology
Depositing User: Norbert L Kerr
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2014 19:40 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 12:39 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/41321 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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