Is It Okay to Engage in “Social Loafing”? (NSQ Ep. 73)

November 7, 2021 @ 5:00am


Also: why is it so great to be part of a team, even when you lose?

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Relevant Research & References

Here’s where you can learn more about the people and ideas in this episode:



“Tearful Rory McIlroy Showed why the Ryder Cup is ‘the Best Event in Golf’,” by James Colgan (Golf, 2021).
“Donald Trump Has a Very Strange Theory About Exercise,” by Chris Cillizza (C.N.N., 2017).
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, by Daniel James Brown (2013).
“Why Less Is More in Teams,” by Mark de Rond (Harvard Business Review, 2012).
“Motivation Gains in Performance Groups: Paradigmatic and Theoretical Developments on the Köhler Effect,” by Guido Hertel, Norbert L. Kerr, and Lawrence A. Messé (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2000).
“Mechanisms of Moral Disengagement in the Exercise of Moral Agency,” Albert Bandura, Claudio Barbaranelli, Gian Vittorio Caprara, and Concetta Pastorelli (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1996).
Days of Grace: A Memoir, by Arthur Ashe and Arnold Rampersad (1993).
“The Ringelmann Effect: Studies of Group Size and Group Performance,” by Alan G. Ingham, George Levinger, James Graves, and Vaughn Peckham (Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 1974).


Tags: Angela Duckworth, golf, Rebecca Lee Douglas, Ryder Cup, social loafing, Stephen Dubner

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