Social compensation of performance drops in dyadic exercises – Two experiments testing the role of relationship quality

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The purpose of this study was to analyze whether the social compensation of performance drops in a team setting depends on the relationship quality. Two experiments were conducted. Experiment 1: In a team building condition, the relationship quality between subject and confederate was manipulated. The performance situation consisted of an isometric strength task. A joint team result had to be achieved in a second run, whereby the subject received manipulated feedback on the confederate’s performance, hence suggesting a sudden drop. The results showed no compensationeffect. Experiment 2: Given that one potential reason for the lack of effect appeared to be the isometric holding task, the study design was maintained, but the task was modified into a dynamic one. Performance drops were compensated for. However, the relationship quality did not affect compensation behavior. It is possible that implicit team building through the necessary joint agreement on goals interfered with the effect in both conditions.
Translated title of the contributionSoziale Kompensation von Leistungsabfällen in dyadischen Übungen - Zwei Experimente zur Untersuchung der Rolle der Beziehungsqualität
Original languageEnglish
JournalPsyCh Journal
Publication statusAccepted - 05.2023