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The Effect of Social Interaction on Activity Levels in Six- to Eight-Year-Old Boys

J. C. Kaspar and R. Lowenstein
Child Development
Vol. 42, No. 4 (Oct., 1971), pp. 1294-1298
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Society for Research in Child Development
DOI: 10.2307/1127815
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1127815
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The Effect of Social Interaction on Activity Levels in Six- to Eight-Year-Old Boys
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Abstract

The solitary activity levels of a group of 36 male Ss between 6 and 8 were determined in a free play situation. Then an experimental group was created in which a relatively active child was combined with a relatively inactive child. The control group was retested alone. All Ss were more active during the second session than the first, but there was also a significant interaction in which the low activity group displayed the most dramatic increase in activity. There was some suggestion that there was an experimenter effect in which one of the Es tended to be an activity suppressor.

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