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Carpio, C., Silva, H., Reyes, A., Pacheco Lechón, L., Morales, G., Arroyo, R., Canales, C., & Pacheco, V. (2008). Linguistic factors and situational consequences in the choice of university students between collaborate and not collaborate in academic tasks : an experimental analysis. Acta Colombiana De Psicología, 11(2), 114–126. Retrieved from

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A “helping/not helping” election task was used to evaluate to what extent the choice made by university students between collaborating or not collaborating with a colleague in an academic task was influenced by: a) prior linguistic interactions, positively or negatively related to the collaborative or supportive behavior, and b) the consequences, positive or negative, that students receive for their choice .In order to achieve this aim, six experimental groups were formed, defined by the combination of the type of previous linguistic interactions and the type of consequences received. The control group was not involved in prior linguistic interactions and did not receive consequences for choosing to collaborate or not collaborate. Results showed that most participants preferred to work individually without collaborating with his partner, although those involved in positive linguistic interactions who also received positive consequences for choosing to collaborate, chose to collaborate in greater proportion than the rest of participants.



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