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    Defining social facilitation vs social inhibition

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    Social facilitation theory explains why performance improves when an individual is in the presence of others. The theory evolved over time because it does not apply in all cases. This solution explains how the theory originally developed and how it has changed. It also explains how the presence of others can have the opposite effect on performance.

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    In 1898, Norman Triplett observed that when people bicycled with others they were faster. Believing that the presence of others had an effect on performance, he began to observe students, who also performed better with others than alone. from his observations, he developed social facilitation theory based upon the premise ...

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    This article explains how the presence of others can cause performance to improve or decline.

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