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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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Demand Characteristics and the Concept of Quasi-Controls 1

Demand Characteristics and the Concept of Quasi-Controls 1

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(p.110) 5 Demand Characteristics and the Concept of Quasi-Controls1
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Artifacts in Behavioral Research
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Martin T. Orne

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385540.003.0005

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.

Keywords:   demand characteristics, quasi controls, the good subject, placebo effect, research on hypnosis, drug research

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