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Is mental effort exertion contagious?

Overview of attention for article published in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, August 2015
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • One of the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#9 of 1,612)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (96th percentile)

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21 news outlets
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5 blogs
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91 tweeters
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Title
Is mental effort exertion contagious?
Published in
Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, August 2015
DOI 10.3758/s13423-015-0923-3
Pubmed ID
Authors

Kobe Desender, Sarah Beurms, Eva Van den Bussche

Abstract

The presence of another person can influence task performance. What is, however, still unclear is whether performance also depends on what this other person is doing. In two experiments, two participants (A and B) jointly performed a Simon task, and we selectively manipulated the difficulty of the task for participant A only. This was achieved by presenting A with 90% congruent trials (creating an easy task requiring low effort investment) or 10% congruent trials (creating a difficult task requiring high effort investment). Although this manipulation is irrelevant for the task of participant B, we nevertheless observed that B exerted more mental effort when participant A performed the difficult version of the task, compared to the easy version. Crucially, in Experiment 2 this was found to be the case even when participants could not see each other's stimuli. These results provide a first compelling demonstration that the exertion of effort is contagious.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Italy 1 3%
Luxembourg 1 3%
Unknown 34 94%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 8 22%
Student > Master 7 19%
Student > Doctoral Student 5 14%
Other 5 14%
Researcher 4 11%
Other 7 19%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 20 56%
Unspecified 5 14%
Computer Science 3 8%
Social Sciences 3 8%
Business, Management and Accounting 2 6%
Other 3 8%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 266. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 12 June 2019.
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#44,067
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Outputs from Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
#9
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Outputs of similar age from Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
#1
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