swimming with an audience: Clarissa

Social Facilitation: the idea that we tend to perform better when other people are watching us.

At all of my swim meets- when my friends were there watching me I performed better.

All through high school I swam on the swim team.  As I reviewed my scores from the season- I realized that the meets where my friends were present- I performed better.  This is an example of social facilitation because I used the presence of my friends as motivation for me to push myself harder and thus my performance was better than when my friends were not at my meet.

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