The Rosenthal Experiment

Did you ever thought that you have ‘an in born ability’ to read someone’s face or predicting their behaviour in the future. It could be your new neighbor or a new student in the class. There is a high chance that your prediction really came true. So it reinforced your belief that you can actually read faces.

This was put on research by Dr. Robert Rosenthal, a German-born American psychologist who called this ‘self-fulfilling prophecies’. His finding lead to what is called ‘Pygmalion Effect‘. Please see the video below to understand the concept better.

Full script >> Pygmalion Effect – Google Docs

Pygmalion effect is a very effective motivational tool that teachers and parents can use to motivate students. This can be utilized in a positive way. You can read an article by Isabell Gaylord by clicking in this link.

But we should also be cautious of its negative impact. As an educator or a parent, we should be very conscious about this in our daily life. Our behaviors towards a student or colleague or neighbor might be reflecting back and making our prophecies true.

Dr. Robert Rosenthal concluded

“When we expect certain behaviors of others, we are likely to act in ways that make the expected behavior more likely to occur.”

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