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Dr. Kyle O'Dell
Identifiability (others knowing an individual’s effort) and social cohesion (personal attachment to a group) are both established influencers of social loafing (decreased effort when in a group). Much of the evidence indicates that identifiability and social cohesion are negatively correlated with social loafing. One hundred and sixty undergraduate students at a private northeast Ohio university participated in this experiment to examine the effect of identifiability and face-to-face contact on social loafing. There were independent groups of two variables: identifiability (yes or no) and group presence (present or absent). Participants worked on a puzzle for 15 minutes after which completed pieces were counted as the measure of effort. Results indicate there was no interaction between identifiability and presence of a group on social loafing and no significant main effect for either variable.
Haas, David, "Don’t bring me down: People, puzzles, and social loafing" (2017). Senior Honors Projects. 101.
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