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Hawthorne effect

Hawthorne effect

noun Haw·thorne effect \ˈh-ˌthrn-\

Definition of HAWTHORNE EFFECT

:  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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