Resolving not to quit: evidence that salient group memberships increase resilience in a sensorimotor task

Green, J., Rees, T., Peters, K., Sarkar, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-8338-8500 and Haslam, S.A., 2018. Resolving not to quit: evidence that salient group memberships increase resilience in a sensorimotor task. Frontiers in Psychology, 9: 2579. ISSN 1664-1078

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Abstract

There is evidence that the social groups to which people belong can be a source of resilience in challenging times. In this paper, we examine whether social group memberships can also increase resilience in the face of negative performance feedback by encouraging task persistence. In two experiments (Ns = 63, 61) participants completed three rounds of a performance task. In the experimental conditions (but not the control) participants were first asked to think about, and consider the importance of, either one or five important social groups of which they were members. In both experiments, participants who reflected on important social groups were more likely to persist in practicing the task after negative performance feedback than those in the control condition. In Experiment 2 only, there was also evidence of performance improvement after negative feedback for participants in experimental but not control conditions. There was no evidence that self-reported confidence, motivation, or self-efficacy accounted for the observed effects. Overall, this is the first study to provide evidence that salient group memberships can increase resilience in a sensorimotor task. Significantly, the findings suggest that groups are not just a context but also a critical psychological resource for performance following failure feedback.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Frontiers in Psychology
Creators: Green, J., Rees, T., Peters, K., Sarkar, M. and Haslam, S.A.
Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation
Date: 17 December 2018
Volume: 9
ISSN: 1664-1078
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10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02579DOI
Rights: Copyright © 2018 Green, Rees, Peters, Sarkar and Haslam. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 24 Jan 2019 08:51
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2019 08:51
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/35666

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