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The main idea behind the Hawthorne study/effect is that participants in a survey/study will change their behavior on purpose because they know they're being observed. Think of it this way, if you are trying to study a group of workers in a kitchen and record how many times they wash their hands, go to the bathroom, etc. , then they might wash their hands more frequently than they normally do because they know you're watching them.
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Sep 7th, 2015
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