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  1. Robbie
    March 28, 2013

    I recently read an article in Runner’s World magazine summarizing a study (I have yet to read the primary source) from the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology related to competitiveness and performance (http://www.runnersworld.com/sports-psychology/study-rivalry-can-boost-performance).

    While the interpersonal component of manipulation is different for the JESP piece (manipulation of feedback type and feedback source [ingroup vs. outgroup]) it made me think about the physical activity findings for this study.

    It seems that, for this particular task, there is something beneficial about the concept of competition. Although I am not familiar with the game, I would assume that level of physical activity is likely related to performance (I could be wrong). Thus, it seems as if competitiveness might actually be beneficial for this MMOG. However, not knowing if there was a main effect of group for physical activity (and because I am unfamiliar with Kinect Adventures), I cannot be certain. The odd part is that individuals who competed as a single player seemed (at least graphically) to exert themselves just as much as individuals in the competitive group, whereas the cooperative group had the lowest levels of physical activity.

    I think an most important finding is the level of future play. The last thing that trainers and ISD folks should want to do is create a training paradigm which elicits the trainee response of, “Well I never want to do that again…”

    • Richard N. Landers
      March 28, 2013

      In post hoc tests, the differences I described above were statistically significant (single vs coop, coop vs. competitive, no others). The nature of the game might be key to the effect – you are correct that increased physical activity is related to increased performance. But in cooperative multiplayer in Kinect games, the game environment is quite different from the other two because you can literally smack your friend next to you if you flail too wildly. So this may have inhibited their performance in the cooperative condition in a way that would not have occurred in the other two conditions.

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