Rosenhan Psychology Homework

Rosenhan Psychology Homework

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  • I wonder how I can tell the difference between sanity and insanity in people. 
  • Rosenhan thought of an experiment that would show how good mental hospitals are at telling the difference between sanity and insanity
  • I feel fine!
  • Rosenhan organised an experiment that would have 8 pseudopatients fake a mental illness (schizophrenia) and get sent to 12 different mental illnesses
  • The pseudopatients complained to a doctor/psychologist about hearing voices that keep repeating the words "empty", "hollow and "thud". They then got diagnosed with schizophrenia
  • You're not really sick are you?
  • Once the pseudopatients were admitted to a hospital, they stopped pretending to have symptoms and acted "normal" to see if the medical staff would notice
  • But they never did! The medical staff kept treating the pseudopatients the same way even after they stopped showing symptoms of a mental illness.
  • However, the other real patients were harder to fool: 35 out of 118 patients said they were suspicious about whether the pseudopatients faked a symptom and then acted normal in the hospital. They believed they were journalists or checking up on the hospital
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