A simple stress test of experimenter demand effects

Piers Fleming, Daniel John Zizzo

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As a stress test of experimenter demand effects, we run an experiment where subjects can physically destroy coupons awarded to them. About one subject out of three does. Giving money back to the experimenter is possible in a separate task but is more consistent with an experimenter demand effect than an explanation based on altruism towards the experimenter. A measure of sensitivity to social pressure helps predict destruction when social information is provided.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-231
Number of pages13
JournalTheory and Decision
Issue number2
Early online date6 Feb 2014
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2015


  • Altruism
  • Experimenter demand effects
  • Social information
  • Social pressure

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