Week 1 - discussion 1
For this discussion forum, imagine that during a weekly video conference with staff,
you observe that two members of the team are always off camera or visibly
occupied with other tasks. What aspects of the Hawthorne study are relevant to
addressing this sort of behavior?
The Hawthorne effect is also viewed as the observer effect and is closely linked with
It occurs when the behavior of participants changes resulting from
being observed, instead of the result of an intervention.
It is essential to note that
participants should be aware they are being observed for this effect to occur.
other words, when groups or individuals realize they are being observed, their
behavior is likely to change.
This change can be either positive or negative, based
on the research context.
Also, it is essential to note that participants should be
aware they are being observed for this effect to occur. The Hawthorne effect cannot
be entirely avoided in research using observation of participant or experimental
Some things to reduce it include investing in interpersonal relationships
at the study site, providing participants task unrelated to the purpose of the study
and whenever possible, opting for a naturalistic or convert observation
What is the Hawthorne effect?
Definition and examples.