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Social facilitation, drive theory, and "mere presence" effects

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What is social facilitation and how it related to drive theory? What is the mere presence effect and what does it have to do with social facilitation?

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Social facilitation is the tendency for people to perform better on tasks that one is already good at when other people are present. The theory suggests that the actual or imagined presence of people in social situations makes people feel as if they are being evaluated which tends to enhance the performance in speed and accuracy of tasks a person is already good at. However, research also shows that the feeling of being watched and evaluated will decrease performance on tasks people aren't as ...

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Discussion on how social facilitation, drive theory, and mere presence affects an individual's performance when there is a real or perceived audience.