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Triplett's Experiment on Social Facilitation

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Triplet's Experiment on Social Facilitation By: Alexandra Buckley What is Social Facilitation? Triplett's Experiment Triplett's Experiment Final Results Triplett's Result to the Application of Modern Life Sports Psychology Works Cited List -Norman Triplet, a cyclist fan, had been reviewing the records of the "League of American Wheelmen" and discovered that when the cyclist were paced or in competition they rode better
-Triplett analyzed the results of many races and found that those with pacemakers covered the mile five seconds quicker then those with out(on average)
-Norman wanted to test his ideas by conducting an experiment - In 1898, Triplett conducted an experiment where children were to wind thread on a reel - Norman Triplett, a Psychology Professor in the late 1800s, published his studies called "Dynamogenic Factors in Pacemaking and Competition" after the experiments in the American Journal of Psychology - Triplett's reports on the experiment with the children said that they performed the same or worse with co-actors then alone If a person is working out, and another person walks into the room, the person who is working out will have better results then he had before -the improvement of one's performance when another person is present - Social Facilitation occurs in the presence of a co-action (in the incident where the task performance increases due to the presence of others doing the same task) and a passive spectator ( in an incident where an audience is present it increases the task performance) -Scientists who studied the co-action effects are Chen(1937) and Platt, Yaksh, and Darby(1967) -Scientists who studied the audience effect are Dashiell(1935), Travis(1925), and Pessin(1933) - There were two conditions, one where the children were working alone and the the other where children were in pairs, but worked alone - What he saw confirmed his hunch, the children worked faster while there was competition - This experiment displayed the co-action effect - These studies were the first in Psychology to be written explaining why group change is important to the athletic performance - This was the foundation to sports Psychology research for future studies as well as the first social Psychology experiment - Triplett's results affected other experiments showing that the presence of a person can affect one differently - Co-action was the key to Triplett's observations and explanation, but was later proved that it was unimportant for social facilitation effects - Only the presence of others was necessary in the end "Cancer Drug Shows Promise against MS, but with Some Risks - USATODAY.com." Cancer Drug Shows Promise against MS, but with Some Risks - USATODAY.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Jan. 2013.
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"Sport Psychology Process." Donna Perry Consulting. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Jan. 2013. Norman Triplett - a psychologist who studied at the Indian University - born in 1861 - he wrote the first published study in the field of social psychology - died in 1931
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