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Rosenhan's Study: On being sane in insane places

Aim: The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that psychiatrists cannot reliably tell the difference
between people who are sane and those who are insane.


Rosenhan appointed himself and seven other mentally healthy associates `pseudopatients' to
participate in…

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Number of patients positively judged as being a pseudo patient by at least one staff member: 47
Number of patients positively suspected by one psychiatrist: 23
Number of patients positively suspected by one psychiatrist and one other staff member: 19


Rosenhan claims that the study demonstrates that psychiatrists cannot…


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