Hawthorne effect

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 and Etymology of hawthorne effect

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

First Known Use: 1962

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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