CHASS Distinguished Researcher Lecture

Robert Rosenthal

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
3:00 p.m.
INTS 1113

The lecture chronicles a history that begins with a ruined doctoral dissertation at UCLA in 1956, and from there looks back some 50 years (to 1904) to a German horse called “Clever Hans” who could do math and/or read your mind, because of an unrecognized self-fulfilling prophecy of the horse’s questioners. The talk then looks forward some 50 years to studies of social and behavioral researchers that show that these researchers too often obtained the results they expected to obtain because of their own unrecognized self-fulfilling prophecies. That finding led to experiments showing that teachers who expected superior intellectual performance from their students obtained superior intellectual performance from their students. Other studies found that in business and military situations, when supervisors were led to expect superior performance they obtained superior performance; as with teachers, researchers, courtrooms, and clever horses, it was apparent that self-fulfilling prophecies were at work.

This event is free and open to the public.
Refreshments will be served.

Professor Robert Rosenthal is the recipient of the Distinguished Research Lecturer Award.
This event is sponsored by the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

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