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The Pygmalion Effect: The Power of (False) Perceptions

study, elementary school students were given an intelligence test at the start of the school year. A portion of the students were then identified to their teachers as showing “unusual potential for intellectual growth.” These students, consistent with what their teachers were told, performed very well academically.

However, these students were actually chosen at random, with no relation to the initial intelligence test.The reasoning is that when we expect high levels of performance from people, we treat them differently.

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