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Experimental Research As Practical Action: Stooge Detection And Bias
James Alan Neff
Vol. 1, No. 2 (Spring 1978), pp. 61-73
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/si.19188.8.131.52
Page Count: 13
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A discussion of experimental research as practical action applies the ethnomethodological critique to research in experimental social psychology. While research on demand characteristics may meet some of the ethnomethodological criticisms, it may not provide a set of exemplars around which the practical activity of experimentation can be organized. “Stooge detection” is a practical problem often faced by experimenters. My data suggest that stooge detection may, in certain circumstances, be a member's strategy for dealing with a problematic experimental setting. This view has implications for notions of experimental “bias”.
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