Demand Characteristics and the Concept of Quasi-Controls1
Here, the assumption is that many subjects who volunteer for research participation have a tendency to play the role of the “good subject” (an ironic term) who is both highly sensitive and responsive to inadvertent task-orienting cues (demand characteristics). Quasi-control procedures can be used to identify sources of artifacts, and there is a discussion of how drug (pharmacological) research might serve as a model for the psychological experiment.
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