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Revista de Psicología del Trabajo y de las Organizaciones

On-line version ISSN 2174-0534Print version ISSN 1576-5962

Abstract

ARAUJO-SIMOES, Ana Célia  and  GUEDES-GONDIM, Sônia Maria. Performance and affects in group problem-solving. Rev. psicol. trab. organ. [online]. 2016, vol.32, n.1, pp.47-54. ISSN 2174-0534.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rpto.2015.09.001.

This experimental study compared college students' performance (individual vs. group) in a virtual game of bridge building for a train passage. We tested the superiority of group performance and power activation of affective states in the quality of task performance and conflict perception. The study (N = 114) evaluated performance in groups (n = 60) and individuals (n = 54) by two criteria: an overall score (score and advancement in the game stages) and the problem-solving process. In both conditions, before and after the game, conflict perception was low, with positive affective states predominating. Groups performed better and reported greater use of problem-solving stages. There was no evidence of affective states as a mediator between experimental condition and the variables performance and conflict perception.

Keywords : Affects; Group performance; Conflict perception; Teams.

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