The interactive effects of performance standards and personal cooperation--competition orientations on an academic task were assessed. Undergraduates (N = 90) completed measures of cooperative-competitive orientation, watched a video, and answered 15 questions about the video while working in pairs. In the set-standard condition, participants were told that to succeed a pair must correctly answer at least 13 questions. In the relative-standard condition, participants were told that only the pair with the most correct answers was successful. Based on their responses to the cooperation--competition measure, participants were categorized as either primarily cooperative or primarily competitive in their personal orientation. The hypotheses were (1) pairs with one cooperative and one competitive participant would have the highest average scores in the set-standard condition, and (2) pairs with two competitive participants would have the highest average scores in the relative standard condition.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
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University of Northern Iowa
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Daugherty, Dustin; Huber, Daniel; and Gonnerman, Mel
"Group-level Performance Standards: Do Your Best Versus be the Best,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 7:
1, Article 19.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol7/iss1/19