Hawthorne effect

noun
Haw·​thorne effect | \ ˈhȯ-ˌthȯrn- How to pronounce Hawthorne effect (audio) \

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

First Known Use of Hawthorne effect

1962, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Hawthorne effect

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

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“Hawthorne effect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hawthorne%20effect. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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