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The more competitors, the less competition

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(Wesley Bedrosian for The Boston Globe)
By Kevin Lewis
January 4, 2009

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IF YOU'VE EVER had to take a test in a room with a lot of people, you may be able to relate to this study: The more people you're competing against, it turns out, the less motivated and competitive you are. Psychologists observed this pattern across several different situations. Students taking standardized tests in more crowded venues got lower scores. ... (Full article: 1007 words)

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