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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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Experimenter Sampling

Experimenter Sampling

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(p.561) 19 Experimenter Sampling
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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/9780195385540.003.0027

Much of this book has been devoted to showing that an experimenter's expectancy may be an unintended determinant of the results of his research. This chapter addresses the question of what can be done to control the effects of the experimenter's expectancy. A number of strategies are proposed. Some of these strategies are recognized as direct attempts to minimize expectancy effects. Somewhat paradoxically, some of these strategies are recognized as attempts to maximize these effects. The chapter discusses strategies that seek neither to minimize nor to maximize but rather to randomize and “calibrate” experimenter expectancies.

Keywords:   experimenter effects, experimenter expectancy, expectancy effects, strategies

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