Tuesday, May 3, 2005

Social Facilitation

I finally have a name for why I hate it when a certain professor paces near me while I take an exam: social facilitation. This is briefly explained by Jeremy Dean as follows: "When people are watched carrying out a task that they find easy, their performance improves. In contrast, when watched carrying out a task they find difficult, their performance declines."

I swear I spend 50% of my time on his exams tracking where he is, so I can work on my paper when he's on the other side of the classroom... Arrrgh!