Maybe the Hawthorne effect? In which bias occurs because people know they are being studied?

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for discussion. Hawthorne is the name of the plant where the studies took place (Western Electric) as opposed to the name of the researcher who formulated the principle.

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>>> Julie Smith <[log in to unmask]> 04/28/03 04:58PM >>>
Hello all,

I'm hoping this will ring a bell with someone.  I'm trying to find
something called the "Schmidt effect"  ( patron is not sure of the
spelling of Schmidt). This deals with the idea that the mere fact that
subjects are involved in a research study tends to slightly improve
their outcomes-- whether they're being managed better or they think
someone is paying more attention to them.  At any rate, with the
resources I have in a hospital library- I'm not finding this!!

If you can shed any light on this I'd be most appreciative.

Julie Smith, MLS
Library Manager
St. Joseph Hospital
Orange, Ca

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