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A simple stress test of experimenter demand effects

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  • Piers Fleming
  • Daniel Zizzo

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As a stress test of experimenter demand effects, we run an experiment where subjects can physically destroy coupons awarded to them. About one subject out of three does. Giving money back to the experimenter is possible in a separate task but is more consistent with an experimenter demand effect than an explanation based on altruism towards the experimenter. A measure of sensitivity to social pressure helps predict destruction when social information is provided. Copyright The Author(s) 2015

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Theory and Decision.

Volume (Year): 78 (2015)
Issue (Month): 2 (February)
Pages: 219-231

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Handle: RePEc:kap:theord:v:78:y:2015:i:2:p:219-231
DOI: 10.1007/s11238-014-9419-2
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