The Human Subject: A Study of Individual Experimental Participation

Skuja E. and Sheehan P.W. (1977) The Human Subject: A Study of Individual Experimental Participation. Human Relations, 30 2: 143-154. doi:10.1177/001872677703000203


Author Skuja E.
Sheehan P.W.
Title The Human Subject: A Study of Individual Experimental Participation
Journal name Human Relations   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1741-282X
Publication date 1977
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/001872677703000203
Volume 30
Issue 2
Start page 143
End page 154
Total pages 12
Subject 1405 Management of Technology and Innovation
1408 Strategy and Management
3300 Social Sciences
1201 Architecture
Abstract Intensive analysis of subjects' individual perceptions of an experimental task was conducted in distinctly different contexts of testing. Independent sets of subjects were tested individually in a rapport-inducing context (defined as collaborative) and a traditional context of research engagement (defined as contractual). Collaborative subjects were either known before hand or not known beforehand by the experimenter who tested them. The task was a difficult problem-solving one that allowed subjects to manifest their changing perceptions of the test situation over time. Results indicated marked within-subject variability and intergroup variation in subjects' attitudes to the experimenter and his test procedures. Data highlighted, in particular, the error of typing subjects in terms of well-defined roles or collections of social attitudes. The pattern of interplay between subject and experimenter was multidimensional and suggested the need to redefine the application of the concept of role to the social psychology of the psychological experiment.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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