David Rosenhan: Study & Overview


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1. What symptom did the pseudopatients report in David Rosenhan's experiment?

2. Why did the pseudopatients choose the words ''hollow,'' ''empty,'' and ''thud'' in David Rosenhan's experiment?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These assessments focus on key aspects of Dr. David Rosenhan's experiment regarding the classification of mental disorders. To do well, you'll need to know the significance of the experiment and the purpose of the DSM.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test you on the various components of the Rosenhan experiment, including:

  • The definition of DSM
  • Symptoms claimed by pseudopatients
  • Why pseudopatients used certain words in their report
  • The behavior of pseudopatients following admission to psychiatric facilities
  • Why the Rosenhan experiment is significant

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related abnormal psychology lesson
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of labeling in regard to psychological disorders
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the significance of the Rosenhan experiment

Additional Learning

To learn more about the validity of psychological labeling, review the corresponding lesson titled David Rosenhan: Study & Overview. The lesson covers these objectives:

  • Learn about the DSM and why it was published
  • Investigate the basis of Rosenhan's concerns that led him to conduct the experiment
  • Describe how the pseudopatients performed their roles in the experiment
  • Understand the importance of Rosenhan's findings
  • Relate how labeling can dictate how a person is perceived and treated