Preloafing And Social Psychology

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The unique aspect of psychology is that, psychology is a broad scientific study of the human mind and behavior that does not bunch up in one field, but is split up into many branches that focuses on different aspect within the field. In particular, social psychology of the many branches, focuses on the aspect of social interactions in the presence of people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. This branch collides the gap between psychology and sociology, by using the ideology of sociology, the function of human society, to explain why a certain individual’s mental state is determined by social encounter. Social psychologists revolve around the ideal core that social interaction is key in influencing the behavior and attitude of an individual …show more content…
Preloafing is the concept of the preparation of an individual before he or she perform the main task. In one study the article describes, participants of 76 voluntary university male students were randomly assigned to either be in a group tug-or-war or one-on-one tug-of-war. The purpose of this study was to test whether the males in one group will show more preparation than the males in the other group. In the researchers’ experiment, they brought one participant at a time and gave him 20 minutes to prepare or gather himself alone, this was the same for both group. Beforehand, the participants of both groups were shown a video of either the group tug-of-war or one-on-one tug-of war. A webcam was hidden in a plant to record the participant’s actions, but was not broadcasted live to the researchers until the participants were debriefed and gave their consent afterwards. The key focus of this experiment was to see if knowing that one is going to engage in a group work, will it affect preparation beforehand, and will the study correlate that there is preloafing before social …show more content…
As expected, preloafing will affect social loafing in the collective condition, compare to the individual condition. Base on the results, the individual condition on preloafing is relatively low, because from the participants’ actions on the recorded videos. The individual condition was more likely to prepare themselves physically and mentally, while the collective condition relied on the other people in the group to contribute. The article mentions that “from theoretical considerations it was assumed that the same persons who loaf during the main task would loaf during the preparation task.” (233). In the end, the study concluded that the linkage between the preloafing and loafing is in correlation to one another, and base on the already known concept of social loafing, preloafing beforehand was not a

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