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Social Facilitation

  1. Bernard Guerin

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0890

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Guerin, B. 2010. Social Facilitation. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. University of South Australia

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


The question at the heart of social facilitation research is how the presence of another person affects performance. If you play a musical instrument alone versus in front of an audience, is your performance typically better or worse? If you type on a computer with no one around, compared with when someone else is merely working in the background or observing you, how do these conditions affect both the speed and the accuracy of your typing?


  • conformity;
  • group behavior;
  • group influence;
  • social facilitation