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Social Facilitation


Part of European Monographs in Social Psychology

  • Date Published: September 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521119795

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  • Humans may run faster, read less or type more quickly, simply because someone else is present. The presence of one person affects the behaviour of another: this is known as social facilitation and is one of the oldest topics in social psychology. Despite its importance this was the first book-length study of the phenomenon when it was published in 1993. Dr Guerin reviewed all work in the area from 1898 onwards, looking at both animal and human research, and developed his own theory, based on modern behaviour analysis. The book will be appreciated for its wide-ranging and balanced review of previous work on social facilitation and for the general review of the state of social psychology during the 1990s that Dr Guerin's work on the phenomenon includes. The author's theoretical stance is innovative and important, and will make the work required reading.

    • First book written on social facilitation, the study of how the presence of one person affects another person
    • Thorough review of the hundreds of human and animal studies of social facilitation
    • Guerin also examines the progress and future of social psychology more generally through the topic of social facilitation
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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521119795
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. The History and Development of Social Facilitation Research:
    2. The early history of social facilitation
    3. The drive model of Zajonc (1965)
    Part II. Theories of Social Facilitation:
    4. Drive theories of social facilitation
    5. Social conformity theories
    6. Cognitive process theories
    Part III. Experimental Studies of Social Facilitation:
    7. Social facilitation effects in animals
    8. Social facilitation effects in humans
    Part IV. The Place of Social Facilitation in Social Psychology:
    9. Integrating the theories of social facilitation
    10. Related areas of psychology
    11. Conclusions and future social facilitation research

  • Authors

    Bernard Guerin, University of Waikato, New Zealand

    John Innes

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