Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Psychology



First Advisor

Jerry L. Cohen


A laboratory study was conducted to examine the Type A behavior pattern as it affects social facilitation on a hidden-word task. Type A and Typo B individuals completed the word task either alone, with an individual who purportedly had already completed the task observing, or with an individual who purportedly would soon complete the task observing. Additionally, half of the subjects were given competitive instructions while the other subjects were not. The results indicated that Type As who completed the task alone showed greater social facilitation effects than did Type Bs in this condition. The results are discussed in terms of evaluation apprehension, and it is suggested that future research should investigate Type As' perception of the task situation as it relates to this concept.



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