ERIC Number: ED125194
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Social Facilitation of Retardate Performance.
Zucker, Stanley H.
Investigated were the effects of three different social situations on the performance of 48 mildly mentally retarded individuals (12-17 years old). Ss were randomly assigned to one of six treatment groups and were asked to complete simple and complex mazes in one of three audience conditions: no audience, evaluative audience, and non-evaluative audience. Number of attempts required to correctly complete two mazes in succession were recorded for each S for both the simple and complex mazes. Analysis of the data revealed a significant main effect for audience condition for both the simple and complex tasks. For the simple maze, Ss in the evaluative audience condition performed better than Ss in the non-evaluative and no audience conditions, while on the complex maze, Ss in the evaluative audience condition performed worse than Ss in the other two groups. Findings had implications for the level of arousal for maximum performance on well-learned and new tasks. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Convention, The Council for Exceptional Children (54th, Chicago, Illinois, April 4-9, 1976)