Can Working Out with a Virtually Present, Superior Partner Improve Persistence Motivation on Exercise Game Tasks?

Research Paper Title Buddy up: the Köhler effect applied to health games. Background The present investigation examined the Köhler motivation gain effect in a health game using an absent partner, presented virtually. The Köhler effect occurs when an inferior team member performs a difficult task better in a team or coaction situation than one would… Read More

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Testing the Kohler Effect through Intergroup Competition in Exercise Video Games

Research Paper Title Intergroup Competition in Exergames: Further Tests of the Köhler Effect. Background The researchers examined how competing with a software-generated partner (SGP) against another human/virtual partner team, in an exercise video game (exergame), affects individual motivation as measured by effort. Methods Participants (n = 90; 49 female; Mage = 19.93 ± 1.48) were randomly assigned to one of three… Read More

The Allen Curve Holds

In his seminal 1977 book, Managing the Flow of Technology, Thomas J. Allen was the first to measure the strong negative correlation between physical distance and frequency of communication. The “Allen curve” estimates that we are four times as likely to communicate regularly with someone sitting six feet away from us as with someone 60 feet away,… Read More

Leading Virtual Teams

Leading a virtual team is a challenge faced by many, whether an organisation has one person working from home, to having a team spread around the world on different time zones. Citing research that estimates an 800% increase in virtual working over the past five years, the authors examine the critical leadership skills needed in… Read More