the influence of the presence of other people on an individual's behavior. Also refers to the belief that other people may subsequently learn of the behavior. Performance is often improved when the action is simple and well-learned, for example, in a factory (see social facilitation), but may be inhibited when an action is complicated, difficult to perform, or when the person believes the behavior might incur the audience's disapproval (see social inhibition).

AUDIENCE EFFECT: "The audience effect negatively impacted the girl's performance because she felt that if she failed at this new and complex task, the audience would laugh."
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