Modern Psychological Studies
1 & 2
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
In recent years, there has been increased awareness in the apparent change of individual behavior when placed in a group. This study was designed to examine the relationship between group size and productivity. All 48 participants took part in each of the three trials. In each trial they were given a word (duct tape, knife or water) and worked as an individual, pair, or group of four to generate uses for that word. It was a prediction of this experiment that individual productivity would increase when the participant worked as a pair. However, it was also expected that the individuals' productivity would decrease when they were placed in a group of four. Data showed that individuals had the highest productivity while working as an individual and were the least productive while working in a group of four. However, data also showed that increasing group size led to an overall increase in the groups' total productivity. Several variables were identified for further study.
BF1 .M63 v. 10 no. 1 & 2 2004
Adams, Anissa and Counard, Jenny
"The effect of group size on social facilitation and social loafing as measured in productivity,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 10
, Article 4.
Available at: http://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol10/iss1/4