Social facilitation can be described as the tendency for people to do better on simple tasks or a task that one has perfected when in the presence of other people. This is a popular psychological situation that affects our behavior. A good example of this in the real world is in a sporting event, an athlete may do better when there is a large number of fans there to watch them. When in the presence of a lot of people watching them perform the task, here that is an athletic task, that person will perform better. In comparison, if a person was told to complete a task that was very difficult, they might do worse in the presence of a lot of people. With this type of situation, someone might find an audience unnerving and make them feel too pressured to complete the task. A good example of this in the real world would be when someone has to give a presentation to a group and they would do worse with more people there than only a few. I know most people have experienced both these situations in their life, although they may not be situations that are commonly noticed by those performing tasks.
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