Hawthorne effect

noun Etymology: from the Hawthorne Works of the Western Electric Co., Cicero, Ill., where its existence was established by experiment Date: 1962 the stimulation to output or accomplishment that results from the mere fact of being under observation; also such an increase in output or accomplishment

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  • Hawthorne effect — Psychol. a positive change in the performance of a group of persons taking part in an experiment or study due to their perception of being singled out for special consideration. [1960 65; after the Hawthorne Works of the Western Electric Company …   Universalium

  • hawthorne effect — ˈhȯˌthȯrn , ˌthȯ(ə)n noun Usage: usually capitalized H Etymology: from the Hawthorne Works of the Western Electric Co., Cicero, Ill., where the effect s existence was established by experiment : the stimulation to increase output or… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hawthorne effect — /ˈhɔθɔn əfɛkt/ (say hawthawn uhfekt) noun the theoretical phenomenon of increase in worker productivity being less greatly promoted by changes to individual working environments, office procedures, etc., than by greater degrees of communication… …   Australian English dictionary

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  • the Hawthorne effect — UK US noun ► HR the theory that people’s performance at work improves if they know they are being studied or being given special attention by management: »The fact that people who knew they were taking part in the study performed better may have… …   Financial and business terms

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