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Robert Rosenthal and Ralph L. Rosnow

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195385540

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385540.001.0001

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Structural Variables

Structural Variables

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(p.477) 14 Structural Variables
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Artifacts in Behavioral Research
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Robert Rosenthal

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385540.003.0022

This chapter addresses the following questions: Are there some experimenters who, more than others, unintentionally affect the results of their research? Are there some subjects who, more than others, are susceptible to the unintentional influence of their experimenter's expectancy? The answers to these questions should increase our general understanding of the effects of the experimenter's expectancy and perhaps provide us with some clues to the effective control of these effects. In addition, the answers to these questions may suggest to us whether the unintentional influence processes under study are facilitated by factors similar to those that facilitate the more usually investigated processes of social influence.

Keywords:   experimenter effects, experimenter expectancy, subjects, unintentional influence, social influence

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