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Hawthorne effect

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noun Haw·thorne effect \ˈhȯ-ˌthȯrn-\

Definition of Hawthorne effect

  1. :  the stimulation to output or accomplishment that results from the mere fact of being under observation; also :  such an increase in output or accomplishment



Origin of hawthorne effect

from the Hawthorne Works of the Western Electric Co., Cicero, Illinois, where its existence was established by experiment


First Known Use: 1962


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