ERIC Number: ED104827
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr-1
Reference Count: N/A
An Experimental Test of the Experimenter Prestige Effect.
Glick, Leonard Jay
The Experimenter Prestige Effect (EPE) concerns the phenomenon where research products will be more readily and less critically accepted if produced by scholars and/or institutions of great eminence, even though the objective quality of ideas, methodology, and findings are equal. This study tested the hypothesis that students give higher ratings and find more strengths and fewer weaknesses in a study they think was conducted by a high-prestige source than one conducted by a low-prestige source. Thirty-nine Boston University graduate students read nearly identical forms of a research article. The only difference between the two forms was the title page. The high-prestige form gave the author as having a higher degree, professional rank, and more eminent school affiliation than the low-prestige form. Results of a comparison of student evaluations of the reports indicated that the apparent prestige of the author of the report did influence the reader. (JS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Research Corp., Watertown,MA.