Friday, January 23, 2009

Hawthorne Effect?

When performing within a team workout context, we dare you loaf. You simply can't. Really. You will drive yourself well beyond of what you think you are capable. Why?
Can you recall psych 101? Here's one explanation: The Hawthorne Effect

The Hawthorne effect is a form of reactivity, and describes a temporary change of behavior or performance in response to a change in the environmental conditions, with the response being typically an improvement.

Defined: a short-term improvement caused by observing worker performance.

The definition has ultimately come to mean that people's behavior and performance changes following any new or increased attention.

So sure, maybe a little Hawthorne effect leads to a faster 500m row split.
Maybe it's just more fun to go for broke when your friends are cheering in your ear.



Anonymous said...

Exactly why I'm here!!!

James F.

Molly Petersen Nardone said...

Private Eyes,

Like begets like. We're destined to succeed at SFCF.

Greatest AmericanHero

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