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Small Group Performance: reinterpreting proximate evaluations from an ultimate perspective

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Witte, Erich H.; Kahl, Cara H.

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Corporate Editor Universität Hamburg, Fak. für Erziehungswissenschaft, Psychologie und Bewegungswissenschaft, FB Psychologie, Arbeitsbereich Sozialpsychologie
Abstract "In this article, two scientific approaches are conjoined: Small group research and evolutionary theory. In the past 50 years, small group researchers have identified various deficits in group performance. Presently, how to improve group interaction is a focal point of their work. Meanwhile, social psychologists are paying more attention to evolutionary theory, and process losses in group performance may be evaluated differently from such a perspective. It appears that proximate performance losses could mean ultimate gains for the individual. A reduction in group performance should therefore be anticipated from a proximate perspective, because it represents an individual selection advantage from the ultimate view. As a means of intervention, group facilitation techniques are the key to proximate gains in group processes."[author´s abstract]
Keywords small group research; evolutionary theory; interaction; behavior
Classification Social Psychology
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
City Hamburg
Page/Pages 25 p.
Series Hamburger Forschungsberichte zur Sozialpsychologie (HaFoS), 85
Status Published Version
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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